NASA’S DR Christyl Johnson is coming to Adelaide for the _southstart festival in November, as part of a strong space contingent.
Dr Johnson, who is NASA’s deputy director for technology and research investments, will be joined by the head of the Adelaide-based Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark, and Kfir Damari from SpaceIL.
That Israeli organisation was behind the first privately-funded spacecraft to reach the moon, as part of the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) contest.
The Beresheet craft reached the moon but problems in the final stages led to its crashing into the lunar surface.
Mr Damari, who was co-founder and VP education for SpaceIL, will tell the story of how his start-up rallied Israel behind their goal, as well as what they’ve learned for their next mission.
Mr Damari said he was excited to travel to Adelaide take part in _southstart.
“This celebration of the space industry enables brainstorming, networking, and building of new collaborations. It gives us all the opportunity to learn from each other, explore and pursue our common fascination with the next frontier,” he said.
“Through my personal experience in building the first privately funded spacecraft that reached the moon, I have found that the greatest resource to handle all challenges on our way to reaching our goals, were: resilience, collaborations, and perseverance. All of which I am looking forward to sharing and enhancing when we all meet.”
The full list of space industry speakers includes:
- Dr. Christyl Johnson - deputy director for technology and research investments, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, [USA]
- Dr. Megan Clark - director, Australian Space Agency
- Kfir Damari - co-founder and VP education, SpaceIL [Israel]
- Flavia Tata Nardini - CEO and co-founder, Fleet Space Technologies
- Dr. Alex Grant - Co-founder and CEO, Myriota
Dr Johnson and Dr Clark will talk about the advantages and challenges of building a space industry in Australia, as well as share their insights on the recently announced partnership between NASA and the Australian Space Agency to land the first woman and next man, as part of a new generation of astronauts, on the moon by 2024.
Event director Craig Swann said, “_southstart 2019 will provide a unique opportunity for Australian audiences to hear from leading international space agencies, start-ups and investors shining lights on exciting recent developments and partnerships that not only highlight new job opportunities in the sector but also inspire a whole new generation about the possibilities of space”.
Events associated with the conference will be held across eight days and four nights from November 15-22, while _southstart itself will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre on November 20-21.
For tickets and further information visit www.southstart.co
NASA director Christyl Johnson joins a stellar line up at the Southstart conference by Cameron England originally seen on The Advertiser, 17 October 2019.
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