Space Industry Association of Australia

The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) is the national peak body for the space industry in Australia. SIAA and its member companies work closely with Australian governments, international partners, academia, and industry to advance Australia’s space industry and economy.

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Southern Space brings together space industry experts and decision-makers from across Australia. The event will connect the space industry together with government and parliament for two days to help shape the future agenda of Australian space.

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Space Agency. Head of the Australian Space Agency, Mr Enrico Palermo, will deliver the opening address.

This year, Southern Space will include a range of industry leaders from across the Australian space industry.

Registrations are available to both members and non-members of SIAA, with fees applicable to non-members.

SIAA has been at the forefront of developing Australia's space industry for three decades. Today, SIAA's mission is to empower our industry to build a professional, sovereign, and sustainable national space economy. SIAA is focused on facilitating greater business exchange opportunities for our industry, acting as a representative voice for industry interests in Australia and internationally, and building the next generation of Australia's space workforce.

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  • November 22, 2022

  • November 23, 2022

November 22, 2022

Main Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration Opens
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Southern Space Opening & Acknowledgement of Country
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Opening Address: Enrico Palermo - Head of the Australian Space Agency
Enrico Palermo (Head at Australian Space Agency)
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
SIAA Life Membership Presentations
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Building Australian Space: A Conversation with Matt Pearson and Adam Gilmour
Adam Gilmour (CEO of Gilmour Space Technologies)
Matt Pearson (Co-Founder - Chief Exploration Office of Fleet)
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Panel: Sovereign Space Manufacturing
Veronica Bainton (Senior AIC Commercial Lead at Optus)
Michael Cratt (Managing Director of Av-Comm)
Andrin Tomaschett (Senior Space Systems Engineer at Nova Systems)
Michael Frater (CEO of Skykraft)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Keynote Address: Nick Leake
Nick Leake (Head of Satellite and Space Systems at Optus)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Keynote Address: Liesda Marsdon
Liesda Marsdon (Manager at Deloitte)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel: Downstream and Ground Segment
Julia Dickinson (Chief Engineer at Lockheed Martin Australia)
Rob Teasdale (Managing Director, Government Systems of Viasat)
Mark Thompson (CEO of Capricorn Space)
Jiri Lipovsky (Program Manager at Blacktree Technology)
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Non-Member Ticket

Standard Ticket for SIAA's Southern Space Symposium 2-Day Event.

Price includes 10% GST.

Standard PriceA$880



Hotel Realm
National Circuit 18
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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SIAA's 2021 Southern Space Symposium

Some highlights and photos from SIAA's 2021 Symposium at the National Press Club. Featuring: SIAA CEO James Brown, Australian Space Agency Head Enrico Palermo, the Hon Richard Marles MP - Minister for Defence and Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Paul Scully-Power, Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Mike Pezzullo AO. Professor Melissa de Zwart, US Charge de Affairs Mike Goldman, Air Commodore Nicholas Hogan - Defence Space Command, HE Ambassador Yamagami Shingo Ambassador of Japan.