25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia
Unlocking imagination, fostering innovation and strengthening security
Presented by The International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the 68th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was hosted by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) in Adelaide, Australia from 25 – 29 September 2017. An intense week during which all space players gathered to discuss the advancement and progress of space in its various features; in particular, this year targeted secure access to satellites that provide communications, timing and navigation services, and remote sensing data.
IAC 2017 unlocked imagination by focusing on innovation and security, and offered a rich programme of Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, Technical lectures as well as a Global Networking Forum and many social events abundant in networking opportunities.
The global economy and security of many nations depends on assured and secure access to satellites that provide communications, timing and navigation services and remote sensing data. Space probes are also vital to our understanding of the solar system and the far universe. Space is a fragile environment and satellites are easily damaged by space junk. Researchers and companies are working to reduce collision risks to acceptable levels to ensure that all of humanity can benefit from access to space and to space-based services. The #IAC2017 program addressed all of these topics and emphasised the important contribution that space makes to STEM education as well.