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Adelaide hosts world’s premier space meeting

All eyes will be on South Australia and our growing space industry this week with the world’s space heavyweights in Adelaide for the International Astronautical Congress 2017.

The congress will attract more than 3,500 delegates from across the globe, including the heads of all major space agencies, astronauts, scientists and entrepreneurs from 25-29 September, making it the most significant conference Adelaide has ever secured.

South Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas will deliver a keynote address at a state networking event with guests including international parliamentarians and senior industry representatives.

Space X founder Elon Musk will update delegates on his plans for colonising Mars, while one of the world’s leading science educators, Planetary Society chief executive Bill Nye, will discuss solar-sailing spacecrafts during the event.

Held at the newly-revamped Adelaide Convention Centre, this year’s congress will include lectures and presentations about life on Mars, outer space settlements, new and emerging technologies and space junk retrieval missions.

The South Australian Government, joined by 11 local space start-ups and companies hoping to increase their footprint in the multi-billion-dollar global space industry, will be among the more than 60 exhibitors showcasing innovative technology and ideas at the Congress.

New opportunities for international collaboration in space are already in the pipeline for two SA companies, with local start-up Fleet Space Technologies signing a partnership agreement with French space agency, CNES, on Monday, while Inovor Technologies will sign a collaboration agreement with Italian small satellite builder SITAEL on Wednesday of the congress.

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