Tag Archives: space

Local Leaders – Dr Christine Charles (ANU’s Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory)

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s not everyday that you get to interview a rocket scientist whose invention is helping to make interplanetary travel a reality.
Dr Christine Charles is head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the Australian National University. For the past decade and a half her research has been focused on finding new, more efficient [...]

Japanese Man to carry small centenary flag into space

By 11 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Centenary Team have the strange news that a Stromlo-Centenary tie-up flag is ascending to the heavens in Japanese cargo:
A flag commemorating the Centenary of Canberra and the Centenary of the Mount Stromlo Observatory is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).
Japanese astronaut Dr Koichi Wakata, a crew member of NASA Expedition [...]

ANU abandoning humanities for space

By 29 August 2013

As the Australian National University makes does away with pesky messy humanities it’s good to hear the focus is turning to a place with a vanishingly small presence of messy meatbags, space:
A multimillion dollar Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, to be headquartered at Mount Stromlo, will create industry growth and jobs.
Federal funding was announced [...]

Canberra, closer to space than the beach!

By 14 August 2013

Huzzah’s all round chillun’! We got a mention in XKCD’s What If:
Space is about 100 kilometers away. That’s far away—I wouldn’t want to climb a ladder to get there—but it isn’t that far away. If you’re in Sacramento, Seattle, Canberra, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Phnom Penh, Cairo, Beijing, central Japan, central Sri Lanka, or Portland, space [...]

Free Public Lecture by NASA Astronaut

By 4 July 2013

[ 25 July 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society proudly presents a free public lecture entitled


by Dr Greg Chamitoff – NASA Astronaut & Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney

Date: Thursday 25 July 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Theatre 1, Manning Clarke [...]

Lecture on mining and manufacturing IN SPACE at ADFA

By 12 April 2013

To celebrate Yuri’s Night (Monday the 15th), ADFA are hosting a public lecture on mining and manufacturing in space. Daniel Faber of Deep Space Industries in Belgium will be talking talk about prospecting near Earth asteroids.
That sounds pretty awesome.
Deep Space Industries prospects, harvests and processes space resources and is developing a fleet of low cost [...]

Jamison Inn finally comes down


After many long years of hosting a decaying eyesore the people of Macquarie at last have a demolition site to look at.
Who would have thought this day would come!

Eyes up Canberra—super bright Space Station passes starting tonight

By 5 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s that time again when we get to look up and see the only place where humans live other than on Earth zipping across our skies. The International Space Station has a number of very bright passes coming up over the next few days—some at fairly family-friendly times (given it’s school holidays anyway).
For Canberra people [...]

AIAA Aerospace Research Symposium

By 9 November 2012

The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents the…
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Time: 6:00pm till 7:30pm
Location: Engineering Lecture Theatre, Building #32, Faulty of Engineering, Off North Road, Australian National University, Canberra
Join us for the annual AIAA Aerospace Research Symposium and find out about the latest aerospace research [...]

Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

By 1 October 2012

To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The [...]

Space viewing highlights for the next week

By 9 July 2012

Weather permitting, there are some good space viewing opportunities for Canberra people over the next week or so. Planets, stars, the International Space Station, and even a manned Soyuz launch to hunt out.
First, the beautiful morning conjunctions with Jupiter and the very bright Venus continue and even get better. For two weeks now these two [...]

Space viewing highlights over Canberra for tonight and the next week

By 1 June 2012

People here asked for updates of space events of note, including particularly good opportunities for viewing the only place where humans live other than on Earth – the International Space Station.
So here are a few long ISS passes over the next three days. Friday’s pass is lower in the sky (see the maximum elevation of [...]

Jamison Inn is Falling Down

By 9 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

It has become a real community eyesore and environmental hazard with lots of loose iron flapping in the breeze.
With a real gust of wind the iron will end up on cars in the Jamison Plaza carpark or in neighbouring gardens or in the adjacent children’s playground.
The development proposal for the site is for [...]

Boffin QandA on Australia’s space activities

By 4 October 2011

[ 12 October 2011 at 6:00 pm; ]

This has come over my desk and looks interesting:

The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the CSIRO Discovery Centre proudly present a panel discussion on…


Date: Wednesday 12 October 2011
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Optus Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Canberra

Listen, learn and ask questions of three [...]

ANU heads out into space

By 18 June 2011

ANU have announced they are slipping the surly bonds of earth and have trousered $3.1 million in Commonwealth money to build help satellites.
They’ll be building space simulation facility here in Canberra for Australian groups to test equipment in.
Lots of vacuum, extreme temperatures, and hard radiation then?

Public Lecture by CEO of Orbital Sciences Corporation

By 17 May 2010

[ 24 May 2010 at 6:30 pm; ] The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents


by David Thompson – Chairman & CEO, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Date: Monday 24th May 2010 at 6:30pm
Location: Japan Theatre, Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Canberra

This public lecture is FREE and all are welcome.
No RSVP required. For more [...]

Planetary Geology for Beginners Course

By 28 October 2009

[ 11 November 2009 at 5:30 pm; ]

Date: Wednesday 11th November
Time: 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Location: Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre, Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston, Canberra
RSVPs Essential: By 6th November to

More details…..

Following it’s success last year, Mars Society Australia and the AIAA Sydney Section are proud to once again present:


Fascinated by the latest [...]

NASA’s Return To The Moon – Free Public Lecture Tonight @ Questacon

By 23 July 2009

[ 23 July 2009 at 6:00 pm; ] As part of the International Year of Astronomy, the local section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) in partnership with Questacon proudly presents


by Wayne Lee, Altair Vehicle Systems Manager, NASA JPL

Tonight at 6pm at the Japan Theatre at Questacon, King [...]

New dishes for Tidbinbilla

By 10 June 2009

The ABC has word that the CSIRO’s lodged a development application to build two new big dishes at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex out at Tidbinbilla.
Construction of the $60 million 34-metre dishes is expected to start next year.
Complex director Miriam Baltuck says the first antenna will be operational in time to track the New [...]

ANU provides foreign deathtek groups with Revolutionary Thrusting

By 22 April 2009

The ANU have proudly announced that their Space Plasma Power and Propulsion group have sold a plasma thruster design to EADS-Astrium for use in a satellite.
“EADS-Astrium has decided to fund the University of Surrey to produce a prototype Helicon Double layer thruster suitable for space use. For this to occur the University of Surrey requires [...]

AIAA Film Night: The Right Stuff – Tuesday 2nd December

By 27 November 2008

[ 2 December 2008 at 6:30 pm; ] The local American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics section is proudly hosting a FREE screening of…


The Right Stuff tells the story of ordinary men and women who shared a common ambition and together captured the imagination of the world. Beginning with the breaking of the sound [...]

Free Aerospace Public Seminar Tonight @ ANU

By 17 March 2008

[ 17 March 2008 at 6:00 pm; ] The local American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Section


Dr. Miriam Baltuck
Director, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex & NASA Operations, CSIRO Industrial Physics

Dr. Baltuck will give an overview of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex at Tidbinbilla, its history and the spacecraft missions it enables as well as outline [...]

Planetarium & observatory closure

By 11 February 2008

There was a thread running a couple of weeks ago about the closure of the Planetarium and Observatory at Dickson. This post is for anyone who wants to support the continued existence of this facility for public education and raising the awareness of the general community about astronomy.
We of the Planetarium & Observatory Association [...]

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