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. The plenary is conceived as a panel of global experts that can contribute informed opinions on the industry, how it is evolving, and how this is relevant to Australia’s current space activities and the future direction.

Some of the themes that could be explored include:

  • How the value of the industry is measured

  • The industry in the USA, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and the challenges/opportunities in a global market

  • The contribution/value of commercial activities and public good services

  • How value is perceived and exploited along the value chain

  • The transition from predominantly Government funded to more commercial models

  • The role of major corporates/SMEs/start up entrepreneurs

  • Opportunities/challenges

  • Frameworks for generating growth. What works in an established space industry, what works in an emerging space industry? (space agency structures, incubators, access to venture capital funds etc)



Executive Director- Digital, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science


Mohammed Nasser AL AHBABI

Former Director General, UAE Space Agency

United Arab Emirates


Vice Chancellor, Australian National University (ANU)


Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States of America


Head of Estonia Space Office

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