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Fireside chat with Mission Manager for NASA Search and Rescue Office (Adelaide)

February 20 - 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

NASA’s pioneering role in space-based search and rescue and how Australia can develop reliable communications systems for times of crisis

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Dr Lisa Mazzuca facilitated by Expert Advisor of UniSA’s Venture Catalyst Space program, Jeff Kasparian

Panel discussion to follow featuring:

  • Dr Mark Rice, CEO, Safety from Space
  • Ian Jones, CEO Goonhilly Earth Station
  • Louise Proctor, Manager Response Policy, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Peter Kerr, Consultant SmartSat CRC

Space assets such as satellites, play a key role in the development of advanced communication systems and provide an indispensable safety tool for people in distress.

Australia, (through the Australian Maritime Safety Authority) is responsible for approximately 10% of the worlds surface but relies on the USA, Europe and others to provide the space assets and systems that we depend on. The country also plays a significant role in international rescue efforts.

The recent bush fires illustrate why resilient communications infrastructure is so critical during emergencies when other systems fail. This is a special challenge for Australia given its size.

Development of standards is key to ensuring we have effective systems for safety alerting.

The rising interest in space and its applications may enable Australia to contribute to the technologies underpinning these systems and create new opportunities for government and business.

Hear how NASA has worked with agencies in the US and internationally, and whether Australia should become more technically engaged in development of systems that we depend on in a crisis.

Food and drinks provided.

Fireside Chat With Mission Manager For Nasa Search And Rescue Office


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