A newly appointed International Space Advisory Group will meet in Canberra today for the first time, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Mr Warren Entsch said today.
Chaired by Australia's first person to fly in space, Dr Paul Scully-Power, the group brings together some of Australia's greatest minds in space science and research and teams them up with Australian industry leaders in the field of space applications.
Mr Entsch, said the meeting would lay the foundations for the development of a strategy for Australia's engagement in key international space programs.
"The group will identify opportunities for Australian involvement in the International Space Station (ISS) and other international space programs, and will assess the potential scientific and commercial benefits in pursuing such opportunities," he said.
"This could include such things as Australia taking a direct role in testing and providing landing sites for NASA's new X-38 ISS crew rescue vessel, right through to possible collaboration in the development of habitation modules for the International Space Station and space based research in the life sciences."
Australia is ramping up its efforts in international space cooperation, and recently signed an important Agreement with the Government of the Russian Federation to provide a framework for cooperation between the two countries, and to facilitate the transfer of information and technology between the two countries.
"The formation of the advisory group further reinforces Australia's intention of becoming a major player in the international space industry," Mr Entsch said.
"There are currently a number of companies proposing to establish satellite launch facilities in Australia. If successful, they will provide a host of current and follow-on opportunities for space systems, engineering, telecommunications and infrastructure."
Australia has a long history of cooperation in international space activities. It was one of the first nations in the world to launch a satellite from its own territory. Australia has also contributed to the US human spaceflight program through communication and tracking support, and has been at the leading edge of probing deep space for the origins of the Universe.
Mr Entsch emphasised the importance of Australia's ongoing involvement in international space activities.
"It is important that we establish now the research links with international programs which will enable us to realise the gains for the launch sector as they arise," he said.
"The formation of the International Space Advisory Group is an important opportunity for the Australian space sector to develop a strategy for leveraging our space-related research and skills base off the key international space programs."
Terms of reference and membership for the Advisory Group are attached.
Warren Entsch, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources
Greg Doolan, Office of Warren Entsch
0418 213 243
1. canvass the views of the scientific and research communities and industry on international collaboration in space science and research projects;
2. identify opportunities, pathways and strategies for Australian involvement with the ISS and other international space programs, including those of the European Space Agency;
3. assess priorities for Australian engagement in these programs, having regard to costs, available sources of funding, and anticipated national benefits; and
4. report on these matters to the Chief Scientist by 22 June 2001, as a basis for the Chief Scientist to assess whether a more detailed report might be proposed for presentation to the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
Mr Kirby Ikin - Kirby Ikin serves as the Director of Commercial Operations at the Asia Pacific Space Centre. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS) in Washington DC, and is the first non-US person to hold this position. He is also Chairman of the National Space Society of Australia. In 1999 Kirby was the recipient of the National Space Society of Australian Space Pioneer Award.
Professor Peter Dyson - Prof Dyson has over 30 years experience in research into radio propagation, aeronomy and the properties of the ionosphere and is an Associate Dean at La Trobe University. He is a consultant to government and industry on radio propagation and equipment design and development for radio communications.
Dr Brian Embleton - Dr Embleton is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS). He represents Australian space interests at the International Astonautical Federation, the Space Agency Forum, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In September 1998, Dr Embleton was elected to the International Academy of Astronauts (IAA) and in May 2000 he was appointed Coordinator of ESCAPís Regional Working Group on Space Science and Technology Applications.
Dr Ian Tuohy - Dr Tuohy has a strong background in X-ray Astronomy with his key space-related projects being the Endeavour ultra-violet space telescope (launched on the Space Shuttle), and the Starlab and Lyman ultra-violet space telescope feasibility studies. He is currently employed with BAE SYSTEMS in Adelaide and is responsible for various aerospace and space activities, with a special focus on Woomera.
Mr Roger Franzen - Mr Franzen is the General Manager of Auspace Ltd and has been an active participant in first the European and then the Australian space engineering industries for nearly 20 years. He has worked with Auspace Ltd on several national programs including the Endeavour Ultraviolet Telescope, the southern Launch Vehicle and in more recent times, the ARIES Commercial Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Satellite.
Dr Owen Mace - Dr Mace is currently a senior consultant for Aspect Computing Pty Ltd, and has had 30 years experience in the planning design, implementation, use and management of electrical and electronic systems, including computer systems in both technical and commercial applications. A trained engineer and physicist, with a distinguished academic record, he has previously worked as a lecturer, researcher, consultant and senior manager in a commercial environment. as an engineer he has worked on communications and infra-red imaging systems both in academia and in the telecommunications and defence industries.
Dr David Rennison - Dr Rennison is the Managing Director of Vipac Engineers & Scientists Ltd and the Director of Vibro-Acoustic Sciences Ltd. Over the past 25 years, Dr Rennison has worked strategically and technically in the industrial, aerospace and defence fields. Dr Rennison worked in the USA on projects concerned with dynamics assessment and vibration of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle, commercial aeroplanes and satellites, and maintains strong industry links with USA and European organisations. He has won awards from NASA for his contributions to aerospace technology development.
Mr James Moody - Mr Moody has recently been chosen as Australian young Professional Engineer of the Year for his contributions to society. He is working to build and launch FedSat for the CRCSS and has been selected as the engineer to transfer the satellite technology from England to his company Vipac Scientists & Engineers Ltd and the Australian community. In 1999 Mr Moody was invited to become a member of the youth advisory council for the UN Environment Program (UNEP). He was also involved in the organisation of the national youth space forum, SpaceFutures 2000.
Mr Curtis Johnston - Mr Curtis Johnston has been in involved with the United States Aerospace industry for over 34 years. Specifically, he has worked for North America Rockwell (NAR), Goodyear Aircraft (GA) and General Dynamics (GD). He has been the Missile Launch Conductor for both Matador and Atlas Missiles, as well as the Atlas ABRES Program Manager, and Installation and Operations Supervisor, Launch base Chief Engineer, and Marketing Manager for GD in Saudi Arabia for three years.
Professor Ray Norris - Professor Norris is the Deputy Director of the CSIRO Australian Telescope National Facility.
Mr Terry Stevenson - Terry Stevenson is the current Technical Director of Boeing Australia and has held this position for the past three years. Prior to this he was the Group Engineering Manager of Stanilite Electronics. Terry has held Senior Engineering Management position in both the defence and commercial sectors over the past 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Telecommunications.
Mr Maurice Hermann - Mr Hermann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 and a Graduate Diploma in Computing Studies in 1974. Mr Hermann has spent his working career in the Australian Public Service, except for two years in private industry in the United Kingdom. Most of Mr Hermannís career has been in Defence related areas. Mr Hermann was appointed to his current position in January 2001. The Branch which he leads is responsible for managing and coordinating the interaction which DSTO has with industry, academia, foreign governments, the Defence Materiel Organisation, the Press and the general public.
Dr Andrew Thomas - Dr Thomas has considerable space flight experience. He was selected by NASA in March 1992 and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. In August 1993, following one year of training, he was appointed a member of the astronaut corp and was qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. In June 1995 Dr. Thomas was named as payload commander for STS-77 and flew his first flight in space on Endeavour in May 1996. He next trained at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia in preparation for a long-duration flight. In 1998, he served as Board Engineer 2 aboard the Russian Space Station Mir for 130 days. Dr. Thomas recently completed his third space flight on STS-102 and has logged over 163 days in space. The Endeavour STS-77 flight was a 10-day mission launched on May 19, 1996, completing 160 orbits. On January 22, 1998, Dr. Thomas launched aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of the STS-89 crew to dock with the Mir Space Station. He served aboard Mir as Flight Engineer 2 and returned to earth with the crew of STS-91 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on June 12, 1998, completing 141 days in space and 2,250 orbits of the earth. Dr. Thomasís third flight was on the eighth Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Dr Thomas was born in Adelaide in 1951. He received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, with First Class Honors, from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1973, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1978.Return to previous page