The International Astronautical Congress is one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and rewarding professional meetings, and the International Astronautical Federation has a remarkable history of successful and productive annual congresses since the beginning of the space age.
The SIAA was very pleased to lodge its formal bid document with the International Astronautical Federation in Paris on 25 April 2014.
In lodging the bid, the Chair of the SIAA, Michael Davis, noted that ‘the Australian space community comprises an active and diverse group of government organisations, aerospace contractors, universities and professionals. This bid is the culmination of five years’ work by key members of that group. In that time we have learned much about the challenges involved in conducting successful IACs. We have also seen a significant increase in Australian involvement in and commitment to the activities of the IAF. ‘
The SIAA has submitted its bid confident that an Australian IAC in 2017 will meet the professional and financial expectations of the IAF while expanding the IAC’s geographical reach. The SIAA has secured Lockheed Martin Corporation as the anchor sponsor for the congress and it has alos obtained the required financial guarantee of the Government of the State of South Australia.
In inviting the world space community to visit Australia in 2017, Mr Davis said ‘we believe that the stimulation and business exchanges involved in the congress activities will be complemented by personal experiences that are truly unique. These include the natural environment, culture, food and wineries available close to Adelaide as well as the many attractions in other parts of Australia. Adelaide is a safe friendly city with all facilities within easy walking distance. The proposed congress venue is the state of the art Adelaide Convention Centre, part of the wider Adelaide Riverbank Precinct and close to most hotels and tourist attractions.’
Australia’s contribution to international space activities stretches back to the earliest days of the International Astronautical Federation. The SIAA’s bid document describes the importance our local industry attaches to the professional and business opportunities the Congress provides.
Australia was proud to host one previous IAC in 1998. The highlights of that congress and the interest shown in Australia by many first time visitors to our country are still recalled. The SIAA hopes to welcome back many of those delegates and to add many other IAF attendees to the list.
About the SIAA
The SIAA is Australia’s peak industry body that provides advice to governments about space matters on behalf of its members and also fulfils a broader community advocacy and educational role. For further information go to: http://www.spaceindustry.com.au/.