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First Stages Of The International Astronautical Congress Announced

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The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has unveiled the logo for the International Astronautical Congress to be held in Adelaide in 2017 and announced the team who will bring the event to fruition.

Mr Roger Frazen

Mr Roger Frazen

The IAC2017 logo was unveiled by Minister Gago representing the Premier of South Australia, at a function at the Adelaide Oval.  The kangaroo emphasises Australia’s uniqueness as an ‘aspirational destination’ and the colours refer to Australia’s indigenous heritage.  The Southern Cross, a feature of the Australian flag, is a reference to space and a reminder that the skies of the southern and northern hemispheres are very different.

Chair of the Space Industry Association, Mr Roger Franzen also announced the local organising committee who will be working globally to promote the overall event, promote Adelaide as a destination, encourage attendance by interested and relevant parties from around the world, liaise with national and international organisations who will participate in the exhibition being held alongside the congress and of course stage and manage an incredible event.  The organising committee will be advised by and consult with Andy Thomas throughout the process. (See list below)

This congress will bring $20m to South Australia and is the largest international conference to date to name Adelaide as its host city.  The population of the Adelaide CBD will increase by an expected 3000 delegates during the 5 day congress which is a huge undertaking for organisers – one that will take every minute of the 2 year lead time.  The event, to be held in the week of 25-29 Sep 2017, follows closely on the opening of the final stage of the $350m redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Special guests at the cocktail function included representatives from the event’s anchor sponsor the Lockheed Martin Corporation, including from the USA, Mrs Mary Snitch and Ms Lyn Hansen as well as Mr Raydon Gates, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia.   The women had flown into Adelaide on a familiarisation tour of the city and its conferencing facilities and hotels.

Mr Gates said “Lockheed Martin is honoured to support IAC2017 in Adelaide and looks forward to helping the local organising committee deliver a Congress that is both memorable for delegates and advances the Australian space industry”

Mr Roger Franzen, Chair SIAA said “Australia has a proud but not well-documented heritage in space.  Much activity has been in the national security domain and is shrouded in secrecy. In South Australia, the missile projects at Woomera, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s, contributed to our space heritage.

“The space industry today touches our lives in more ways than ever before with our reliance on satellites in particular.  The global economy has fundamental dependencies on satellites, as do individuals.  We take for granted, the services provided by communications, timing and navigation and Earth observation and remote sensing satellites.  We also wonder at the far universe as we learn more about it through the Hubble space telescope and ground based telescopes, including those located in Australia that continue to push the boundaries of human knowledge and understanding” he said.

The IAC2017 will most certainly focus the attention of the world on Adelaide and Australia’s contribution to the latest developments in the Space and Astronautical industry.

The local organising committee for IAC2017 includes experts from South Australia and interstate.  The team is:

  • Mr Roger Franzen, Chair of the SIAA and Chair of the Local Organising Committee
  • Mr Michael Davis, who is especially active in space education
  • Mr David Ball, Treasurer of the SIAA
  • Dr Alice Gorman from Flinders University
  • Mr Jeff Kasparian
  • Dr Naomi Mathers
  • Mr Peter Nikoloff
  • Mr (former Senator) Chris Schacht
  • Mrs Mary Snitch from Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mr Brett Biddington – has the day-to-day responsibility of ensuring the success of IAC2017
  • Ms Anne-Marie Quinn.  – CEO of the All Occasions Group, an Adelaide-based company that beat tough competition, including from international companies to be selected as the conference organizer to assist the SIAA in delivering the congress

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