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The Australian Space Science Conference 2011: are we really all "nerds, carpetbaggers, enthusiasts and nutters"?

9 Oct 2011, 11:46 UTC
The Australian Space Science Conference 2011: are we really all "nerds, carpetbaggers, enthusiasts and nutters"?
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The week before last I was at the Australian Space Science Conference in Canberra, the annual gathering for space scientists of all kinds: astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, astrobiology, robotics, satellite development, propulsion systems, education, policy, history, heritage and a whole heap more. (I gave a paper about why Skylab is remembered while Wresat 1 is forgotten, and what this means for the kinds of stories we want to tell about Australian space). A highlight of the conference was the opening address by Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, which you can read here. Among many other things, he said that: Combined, the Australian space industry involves around 630 organisations employing 8,400 people and generating revenues of up to $1.6 billion. I cannot overstate the importance of the products and services these businesses provide. Today in Australia, there are some 30 separate federal government programs that depend on space industry infrastructure .... We need to secure our future in space, to ensure our prosperity in Australia. We have made significant progress towards that goal over the past four years. I have every faith in the exceptional talent represented here today.Thanks, Kim! After this vote of confidence, it ...

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