On the 6th and 7th of June, Dave Burrows and Carolyn Gallop of this Office attended the Space Comm Expo held at Farnborough. There were over one hundred companies on stand and many interesting sessions the most memorable being the fireside chat with Tim Peake CMG, the first British European Space Agency astronaut who visited the International Space Station. Tim has a new role since April 2023 as a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) working with leaders to advise on how to grow the UK into a space superpower.
Natalie Moore, Head of Space Policy from the Ministry of Defence Space Directorate spoke about the need to integrate space and defence more to make sure that space is part of all the conversations in defence planning. Adrian Nixon from the International Space Elevator Consortium based in California spoke about the possibility of building a space elevator to launch satellites using graphene – a very exciting thought!
Whilst at this conference, our Office had the opportunity to catch up with a number of key stakheolders, including those with operations in WA. One of these was Goonhilly who, in collaboration with UWA and Thales Australia will deliver the TetraNet Project, which will see a commercial optical communications ground station network in WA. This project will use super-fast lasers to correspond with satellites and spacecraft which is set to revolutionise data transfer to and from Earth.
Western Australia is holding the Indo-Pacific Space & Earth Conference on October 23/24 in Perth to discuss opportunities in space and cross-sector technologies and innovation. If you are interested in sponsoring or attending or would like any further information, please contact: