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Building Australia's Strategy for Space

Registrations are now open for ASPI's International Conference Building Australia's Strategy for Space

The conference will bring together distinguished international and Australian experts for two days of debate on Australia’s long-term strategic plan to grow its burgeoning space industry. Now is the time for Australia to take space seriously as it establishes a new space agency that will take the lead.

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Welcome Reception – Wednesday 13 June 2018


Welcome reception:

  •  (TBC)

DAY 1 – Thursday 14 June 2018





Welcome remarks and Introduction—Mr Peter Jennings, Executive Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute


  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister, Parliament of Australia (Invited)
  • The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of Australia (Invited)

Session 1: Understanding the strategic implications of the space domain


  • Air Vice Marshal Gavin Turnbull AM, Deputy Chief of Air Force
  • Professor Steven Freeland, Dean – School of Law, Western Sydney University
    Regulation of space from global commons to contested space
  • Ms Donna Lawler, Assistant General Counsel at Optus Satellite
    Commercial space law
  • Peter B. Trainer, Vice President of Air Force and Space Operations, Science Applications International Corporation (Invited)

Why Space is Important for Australia’s defence and national security

Space is a contested, congested and complex operational domain

Morning Tea


Keynote address - Challenges and Opportunities for an Australian space agency


  • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation (Invited)

Session 2:  Opportunities for Space Cooperation: US and Australian Perspectives


  • Major General David Thompson, Special Assistant to Commander, United States Air Force Space Command
  • Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, Vice Chief of the Defence Force



Session 3How an Australian space industry might develop?


  • Scott Wallis, Equatorial Launch Australia
  • Michael Davis, Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia
  • Dr Jason Held, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Saber Astronautics
  • Professor Russell Boyce, Director, UNSW Canberra Space
  • Rod Drury, Managing Director Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Australia
    Session Chair

Session 4: State Perspectives on Space in Australia


  • Professor Peter Klinken AC, Chief Scientist of Western Australia
    Western Australia
  • Mr Richard Price, Chief Executive, South Australian Space Industry Centre, Defence SA
    South Australia
  • Ms Kate Lundy, ACT Defence Industry Advocate
  • Ms Claire George, Director, Economic and Industry Development, NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (Invited)
    Northern Territory
  • Brett Biddington AM, Principal, Biddington Research
    Session Chair

Afternoon Tea

1530 –1600

Session 5: Burden Sharing in Orbit & multilateral space collaboration for National Security and Defence

1600 –1730

Space Wargame with Dr Zack Cooper and Mr Todd Harrison.

Conference Dinner – Thursday 14 June 2018

1830 for 1900

Registration and pre-dinner drinks


Keynote address

  • (TBC)

DAY 2 – Friday 15 June 2018



Session 6: Defence Priorities in Space


  • (TBC)

Session 7: Australian Space Science


  • Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Invited)
  • Professor Fred Menk, Conjoint Professor, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Sarah Pearce, Deputy Director, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Invited)
  • Catalyst, ABC (Invited)
    Session Chair

Morning tea


Session 8: International Best Practice


  • Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., Acting Administrator for NASA (Invited)
  • Dr Naoki Okumura, President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Invited)
  • Senior Specialist, Thales Alenia Space
  • Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, Secretary, Department of Space (Invited)
  • Duncan Blake, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, MILAMOS Project, Consultant – Space Law and Strategy, International Aerospace Law and Policy Group
    International law and space law

Session 9: The potential offered by Space 2.0 for National Defence (ASPI/MITRE)


  • Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Dr Scott Kordella, Director, National Space Program, MITRE

Maritime Domain Awareness

Ubiquitous Communications

Niche Roles – Space Based SSA and Space-based Cueing for IAMD

Space launch, Reconstitution and Operationally Responsive Space

The ASPI-MITRE Space 2.0 project

Session 10: Leveraging ‘New Space’ in the next Golden Era of space endeavours


  • Ms Flavia Tata Nardini, Chief Executive Officer, Fleet Space Technologies
  • Mr Andrew Seedhouse, Chief National Security and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division (Invited)
  • Adam Gilmour, CEO, Gilmour Space Technologies
  • Professor Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research
    Session Chair

What transformational developments in the commercial sector and in defence might shape Space activities in the 2020s, and how can Australia exploit these to its benefit

Concluding remarks


Mr Peter Jennings, Executive Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute



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