6U CubeSat Low Cost Space Missions Workshop

For 2012 the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative includes 6U CubeSat satellites. An 8 kg 6U CubeSat can be designed to perform some of the Earth observation missions of 100 kg microsatellites. A 6U CubeSat (~33 x 10 x 22 cm, ≤ 8kg) has 4 times the payload capacity of a 3U CubeSat (33 x 10 x 10 cm, ≤ 4 kg) which uses two thirds of its volume for system components.

This workshop, the first in the world dedicated to the 6U CubeSat, will explore the range of missions possible with a 6U CubeSat in the areas of:

ASRI Supporting Australia's bid to host the 2014 International Astronautical Conference

ASRI is part of a team supporting Australia's bid to host the 2014 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide. The team also includes the South Australian government, CSIRO and the Australian Space Industry.

Visit www.adelaideiacbid.com where you'll find information about the bid, messages from the South Australian Premier and the Chair of the Bid Committee, and more.

Space Industry Innovation Council's Strategic Road Map

The Space Industry Innovation Council has just published its Strategic Roadmap on www.space.gov.au check it out!

Click here for the Space Industry Innovation Council or here for the Strategic Roadmap in pdf format.

Government review of Woomera Prohibited Area - Interim Report

The interim report into the government review of the WPA is available.

Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science - Building a National Presence in Space

The Australian Academy of Science has released the first Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science. To read the document head over to :


Recommendation 1: Australia should invest in a strong capability in space science and engineering in order to grow its own economy and industry, develop its scientific and technical infrastructure, increase the long-term opportunities available to its citizens, and build stronger international relationships with other nations.

Out of this world careers

The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents as part of the 2010 Australian Science Festival


Featuring Dr James Waldie and Mr. Daniel Faber

Date: Wednesday 4th August 2010 at 6:30pm (expect about 1.5 hours)
Location: CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain, Canberra

This event is FREE and all are welcome. No bookings required.

Event Summary:

VSSEC-Australian Space Prize

The VSSEC-Australian Space Prize gives an Australian university student the opportunity to attend a 10 week NASA Academy program and work on a current NASA program. The 2009 winner, Elizabeth Blaber, is currently participating in the NASA Ames Academy program. You can follow her blog at http://blogs.vssec.vic.edu.au/vnasp/

Space.gov.au has been launched

space.gov.au - the new Australian Government Space Portal - has been launched!

Hayabusa spacecraft returns to earth

After a mission of over seven years filled with operational challenges, the Hayabusa spacecraft finally returned to earth as a fireball in the Australian night sky following the successful separation of the re-entry capsule.

The JAXA team received a beacon from the capsule and have been able to confirm it's location visually within the WPA. Recovery efforts will continue today as will the search for the heat shield.

Congratulations to the JAXA team !!!