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OEMF2019: Space Resource Utilisation for the NewSpace Economy (NSW)

November 21 - 9:00 am - November 22 - 5:00 pm

The moon is sexy again. Multiple national agencies and private firms are planning missions. Both NASA and ESA are planning lunar-outposts or space-gateways, with support by major industry players such as Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed. The time frame for many of these plans is within the next decade. These plans will soon open doors for resources sourced from the moon or asteroids to be delivered in earth or lunar orbit or to the Martian surface.

With its immense experience in terrestrial resource infrastructure and extraction, Australia is well placed to take a leading role in space resource extraction and processing as well as become a leader in advanced in-space manufacturing, such as additive manufacturing or large-scale 3D printing.

In 2019 the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research and the UNSW School of of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering will jointly host the fourth biannual Off-Earth Mining Forum (OEMF): “Space Resource Utilisation for the NewSpace Economy”. In the years since this event was first realised (2013), the research and industrial backdrop has changed dramatically. Here at UNSW Sydney we have been developing our capabilities in mission development and SRU research in conjunction with NASA and our industrial partners, enabling us to make substantial contributions to the burgeoning space economy that is now only a few years away. Those efforts are currently focussed in the Wilde  project.

The forum will host speakers from across the spectrum of space-economy and space-based-resourcing issues, with a strong focus on the following topics for 2019:

  •   Autonomous Navigation of Spacecraft Utilising Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping

  •   Autonomous mission planning for exploration, prospecting and site-selection

  •   Geophysics: Determining geomechanics and resource endowment for prospecting and mining

  •   Modelling Prospective Water Resources of Buried Ice Deposits

  •   Robotics and System Design for space resource utilisation

  •   Novel uses and concepts for space resource utilisation

  •   Economic studies: timelines, market conditions and technologies

  •   Global and National Legal Frameworks for non-terrestrial commercial operations

  •   Environmental Considerations

We will host delegates from active domestic and international research organisations and governments, start-ups and SMEs working specifically in this field, with keynotes from major industry players from around the globe. 

Conference Chairs:        

Prof. Andrew Dempster, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, UNSW Sydney                            Prof. Serkan Saydam, School of of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW Sydney

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Image credit: Earthrise (Apollo 8), NASA

Oemf2019: Space Resource Utilisation For The Newspace Economy


November 21 - 9:00 am
November 22 - 5:00 pm
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Tyree Room
Scientia Building UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW 2052
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