University of Adelaide
The Space Industry Association of Australia and the Local Organising Committee for IAC2017 congratulate the University of Adelaide for applying to join the IAF. The University will be the thirteenth member orgaisation of the IAF from Australia.
The University holds a proud place in Australia’s space history.
Substantial elements of Australlia’s first satellite, the Weapons
Research Establishment Satellite (WRESAT), were designed and built at
the University. WRESAT was launched in November 1967 from Woomera,
making Australia the fourth nation to fabricate and launch a satellite
from its own territory (ahead of us were the USSR, the USA and France).
The University is also the alma mater of Dr Andy Thomas, one
of only two people born in Australia to travel to space. Currently,
engineering students are constructing a cubesat. The Law School is
running courses in Space Law and is a founding partner in an
international research effort looking at the legal framework for
military uses of space and the the physics department continues a long tradition of research into the ionosphere and near space environment.
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