IAC 2017 Plenaries and Highlight Lectures

 

The IAC Plenary Programme features an exciting selection of high-level Plenary Sessions, Highlight Lectures and Late-breaking News events.


Highlight Lectures

Sessions

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Highlight Lecture 1: Flight by Light with Bill Nye LightSail™ & Innovations in Solar Sailing

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 17:45 – 18:45
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society and one of the world’s leading science educators, will highlight IAC 2017 themes through the inspiring story of LightSail®, a solar sailing spacecraft that became a global phenomenon. (read more)


IAF World Space Award Highlight Lecture

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 18:45 – 19:15

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

Growing Opportunities for International Cooperation in Science and Astronautics (read more)


Highlight Lecture 2: The Great Barrier Reef: Assessing its health from space

Thursday 28 September 2017, 17:45 – 18:45
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

Stretching for over 2300 km, Australia¹s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of the great natural wonders of the world. It is home to a vast number of marine species and provides recreational opportunities for visitors from all over the globe. (read more)

PLENARY EVENTS

Sessions

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Plenary 1: Heads of Agencies

Monday 25 September 2017, 13:30 – 15:00
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

As at previous IACs, the International Astronautical Federation is organising a prominent plenary with world space agency leaders. The theme for this year’s plenary is “Business before Science or Science before Business”. Participating Heads of Agencies will present and discuss the focus of their respective agency on new forms of business partnerships and traditional science activities. The event will be divided into 3 main sections. During the first part, the Heads of Agency will be requested to give a 3-4 minutes presentation. In the second part, the Heads of Agency will be presented with a series of questions by the moderator, engaging them into a lively discussion. The Plenary will conclude with a interactive session with the audience.


Heads of Agencies – Press Conference

Monday 25 September 2017, 15:15 – 16:00
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Panorama Suite


Plenary 2: The Space Industry’s Economic and Social Impact

Monday 25 September 2017, 18:15 – 19:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

This plenary will explore the value of the global space industry with particular reference to the current Australian discussion about its future space policy. (read more)


Plenary 3: Space Traffic Management – Global Challenge to Protect Strategic Domain of Space

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

This Plenary Event will open Industry Day where a distinguished speaker will describe how technological innovations and advancements in the broad arena of space traffic management will be critical to securing a safe environment in the increasing congested space domain. (read more)


Plenary 4: 50 Ways to Leave Your Earth

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

After several years of intensive development work and marketing efforts, a number of commercial endeavors are close to launching their suborbital spaceflight services. (read more)


Plenary 5: Next Generation Plenary: Innovative Methods for Assured and Secure Access to Space Resources

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

The global economy and security of many nations depends on assured and secure access to space resources that provide communications, timing and navigation services and remote sensing data. (read more)


Plenary 6: MoonMars Villages for Science, Technology, Innovation, Cooperation, Security and Inspiration

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

The panelists will review recent MoonMars science discoveries and key projects towards robotic & human villages on the Moon & Mars. They will discuss potential MoonMars research (planetary & space science, human spaceflight, astrobiology, astrophysics, technologies, life support, operations, technical validation and development). (read more)


Plenary 7: Next Generation On-Orbit Satellite Servicing and Refueling Programmes

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 17:45 – 18:45

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

Satellite servicing is creating a paradigm-shift in the space industry and could potentially transform in-orbit architectures. (read more)


Plenary 8: From Up There to Down Here Big Space Data Driving Sustainable Development and Economic Growth on Earth

Thursday 28 September 2017, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

This Plenary will explore how the dramatically expanding, diverse “big space data” sets from satellite based Earth observations can be leveraged to support global sustainable development and economic growth on Earth and, ultimately, beyond it. (read more)

Late Breaking News

Sessions

We Are Explorers: Late-Breaking News About Mars Base Camp and the Deep Space Gateway

Friday 29 September 2017, 07:30 – 08:30

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

We are explorers, and the time is now.  Never before in history have we had the technology and global interest to move human exploration out to the Moon and Mars.  New worlds are within our reach, along with answers to fundamental questions:  “Where Do We Come From?  Where are We Going?  Are We Alone?” (read more)

 

When Innovation becomes sustainable – Sky and Space Global conducted first ever voice call using its nano satellites

Friday 29 September 2017, 08:30 – 09:00

Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

First ever voice call has been successfully conducted using nano-satellite technology, a standard smartphone and SAS proprietary hardware and application. Performing the first ever phone call facilitated by nano-satellites marks a major milestone for the telecoms and satellite communications industries. (read more)

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