Published: August 04, 2017

More than 3000 space industry delegates from around the world will jet into Adelaide for the International Astronautical Congress at the Adelaide Convention Centre from the 25th to the 29th of September, 2017.

The heads of the world’s major space agencies, senior space engineers, academics, heads of major space corporations, government policy makers, students and global media will join around nearly 20 astronauts at the event.

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said the space industry was an integral part of Adelaide’s growing reputation as an international hub of innovation and investment.

“The International Astronautical Congress will highlight Adelaide as global player in the rapidly expanding space industry,” he said.

“Myriota and KasComm are two of the internationally regarded space organisations which have already opted to headquarter their businesses in Adelaide.

“The congress also presents an opportunity to showcase our emerging home-grown space industry including Adelaide-based start-up Fleet.”

Fleet has raised $5 million in capital to launch 100 satellites into a constellation with the aim to connect technology devices back on Earth.

The congress will showcase South Australia‘s growing profile in the international space community and attract support from space agencies and international companies for local projects. Large international organisations and companies such as NASA, Boeing and Airbus are among the more than 100 exhibitors.

The International Astronautical Congress will be the largest ever international congress held in Adelaide. It is expected to contribute $18 million to the state’s visitor economy, while providing 22,000 bed nights for local accommodation venues.

Lockheed Martin Corporation is the event’s major sponsor.

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