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Space Technology Symposium 2020

Our 2020 Space Technology Symposium was held online on 9 and 10 September to showcase CSIRO’s innovative new capabilities in space technology, and share information on how we can partner with you to support your space R&D needs and transform our space industry together.

The Symposium comprised two 2.5 hour sessions over two days, sharing our key research highlights under two themes: Earth to orbit and Earth observation data analytics and Moon/Mars missions and humans in space.

The program also included guest speakers Dr Cathy Foley (CSIRO Chief Scientist), Dr Josef Aschbacher (Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA) and Pamela Melroy (Director of Space Technology and Policy, Nova Systems, and former NASA astronaut).

View the Symposium:

Day 1 recording

Day 2 recording

Program

Day 1 Earth to orbit and Earth observation data analytics
1:00 Introduction – Dr Kimberley Clayfield, Leader, CSIRO Space Technology Future Science Platform
Opening welcome – Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO Chief Scientist
1:15 Session 1 – Satellite technologies
• Additive manufacture of CubeSat components
• Rollable, self-deployable solar arrays for small satellites
• High energy lithium sulfur batteries for space applications
• Satellite optical systems for Earth observation science
• Radiation shielding materials
• Q&A
1:50 Session 2 – Communications and object tracking
• High-speed satellite communication links based on terahertz technologies
• Commercialisation of phased array ground stations
• Radio astronomy technologies for space object tracking
• Q&A
2:15 Break
2:20 Guest presentation – “ESA Earth observation services: examples and new trends”, Dr Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA
2:30 Session 3 – Earth observation data analytics and applications
• High performance on-board image processing system for small satellites
• Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) science initiative
• High performance multi-sensor data analytics platform for Earth observation science
• Biodiversity analytics from space
• Three-domain GEO and LEO data blending to create virtual EO datasets
• Q&A
3:10 Engaging with CSIRO
• CSIRO Business Development & Commercialisation
• CSIRO SME Connect
• Main Sequence Ventures
3:30 Close

 

 

Day 2 Moon/Mars missions and humans in space
11:00 Introduction – Dr Kimberley Clayfield, Leader, CSIRO Space Technology Future Science Platform
Guest presentation – “Moon to Mars Challenges: The Power of Partnership”, Pamela Melroy, Director of Space Technology and Policy, Nova Systems, and former NASA astronaut
11:20 Session 4 – Remote operations and resource utilisation
• Multi-resolution 3D scanning for ISS and lunar surface/Gateway applications
• Space Spiders: multi-limbed microgravity maintenance robots
• Predictive analytics for off-Earth resource modelling and utilisation
• ISRU space resource technology
• Lunar dust mitigating surfaces
• Q&A
12:00 Break
12:05 Session 5 – Deep space comms, navigation and missions
• A nature driven security and navigation system
• Optical communications for space
• Deep space CubeSats
• Q&A
12:30 Session 6 – Space life sciences
• OptoCubes: all-optical devices for the real-time interrogation of living systems in microgravity
• Real-time health monitoring in space
• Breathing easier and recycling CO2 for long-term missions
• Long term food stability for extended space missions
• Smart biofactory for healthy foods for space travellers
• Q&A
1:10 Engaging with CSIRO
• CSIRO Business Development & Commercialisation
• CSIRO SME Connect
• Main Sequence Ventures
1:30 Close