IAC 2012: Strengthening Australia's use of space

Article Date: 04/09/2012

A strong Australian delegation will be heading to Naples, Italy this October to attend the 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The Australian delegation will include representatives from the Australian Government, the Australian space industry, Australians working in the space industry worldwide, teachers and over 20 Australian students.   
The strong showing is a result of the enthusiasm and energy of Australians working in the space industry, and particularly the self-motivated students who have found ways to travel to this key space conference.
Every year the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), holds the IAC. The IAF was founded in 1951 and is the world's leading space advocacy body. The IAF has over 200 members across six continents including all leading space agencies, space companies, societies, associations and institutes. 
The 63rd IAC will take place for the first time in Naples, the hometown of the late Professor Luigi G. Napolitano, a former president of the IAF and space scientist who marked pioneering work in fields such as microgravity and aerothermochemistry of re-entry. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Space science and technology for the needs of all”. 
The Australian Government Space Policy Unit is pleased to be hosting an Australian booth at this year's IAC. The booth showcases Australia’s growing space capability and to generate awareness of Australia’s involvement in the international space arena. International cooperation is paramount to the success of Australia’s space industry.  
For further information, please visit the 63rd International Astronautical Congress website.