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International Astronautical Congress 2017
Monday, September 25 - Friday, September 29
Heads of Space Agencies
You will hear the heads of major space agencies outline the plans they have for their agencies. They will discuss the rapid changes in the industry, including the growing number of space actors, the move to commercial activities, the impacts of miniaturisation, the need for workforce renewal and the need to attract more women.
A highlight of IAC2017 will be the astronauts’ panel. The panel members will speak of their experiences and you will have an opportunity to ask questions of them. As we look beyond the moon to Mars and the challenges of very long duration space flight many new challenges will emerge to which, today, we have no answers.
A priority for IAC2017 is to encourage and facilitate discussions between companies especially. A measure of our success will be if new business opportunities are identified and relationships forged during the Congress. Tuesday 26 September will be devoted especially to the business of space, which will be supported by a technical visits program as well.
The exhibition is the heart of IAC2017. The exhibition area is in the centre of the Adelaide Convention Centre and will be the focal point and the crossroads as delegates move from session to session. Governments, space agencies and companies, some first time exhibitors, at the IAC will be present. Australian entrepreneurship and innovation will be showcased.