Brisbane Conference Leads Australia Into Space

Wednesday, 15 November, 2000

Leaders in space technology development will come together from 1 - 3rd December, 2000 in Brisbane for the 10th annual Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI) conference.

Industry speakers include Curtis Johnson from Kistler Aerospace, a company that plans to operate a satellite launch service from Woomera commencing in 2001; Dr Gordon Pike who will discuss the Cable & Wireless Optus C1 geostationary satellite; and Dr Brian Embleton who will explain the challenges of the Fedsat-1, which is being completed in Canberra.

Other contributors include Dr Allan Paul who will update delegates on the Hyshot project, which is attempting to quantify internal operation of a scramjet. This is a high speed engine that may one day provide cheap access to space and reduce transcontinental flight times; Dr Richard Morgan who will detail the recent commissioning of the world's largest super-orbital wind tunnel, the X3 Expansion Tube; and Dr Ted Steinberg who will outline progress of a drop tower facility that will strengthen Australia's role in international micro-gravity research.

During the conference delegates will also be updated on ASRI's own space engineering efforts. These include Ausroc-III, a liquid fuelled rocket capable of carrying sub-orbital payloads.

Reports will be received on a recent series of highly successful Small Sounding Rocket launches from Woomera as well as ASRI satellite projects including JAESAT, the Joint Australian Engineering Satellite, and ALUMINATE, the Australian Lunar-Mars Investigation and Technical Evaluation.

For further information please contact Judy Odam on (07) 3365 3585 or via email

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