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Technical site visits

During the IAC2017 there will be the opportunity to attend technical site visits to some key locations in South Australia. These may include some of the following locations and will be confirmed closer to the event.

Woomera Site Visit

Date: Sunday, 24 September 2017
Price: $650 per person

The Woomera Test Range is the largest terrestrial weapons test range in the Western world. The Woomera township and range head are located about 500km NNW of Adelaide. Woomera was established in the late 1940s as an essential element to the missile program of the United Kingdom. Later, Woomera hosted the European Launcher and Development Organisation (ELDO), which was a forerunner to ESA and the French Arianne launch program.

Woomera is an important element of the Cold War heritage of the Western world. Today the range is managed by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is used for conventional weapons development and testing. The Adelaide IAC organisers are working with the RAAF to provide opportunities for IAC delegates to visit the main space heritage sites at Woomera.


Defence Science & Technology Group (DST Group) Site Visit

Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2016

This site visit is complimentary for delegates who are Australian Citizens.  All participants will need to provide Australian Government photo identification eg. Drivers Licence.

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) had its origins in the missile and space launch programs at Woomera. DST Group has several campuses spread around Australia with its largest being at Edinburgh, one of Adelaide’s northern suburbs. In recent times, DST Group has set out to strengthen its engagement with Australian universities and industry as well as with overseas partners. The Strategic Plan for the Organisation that was released in early 2013 places considerable emphasis on space research. See:


Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia Site Visit

Date: Wednesday 27th September 2016

This site visit is complimentary for delegates

The Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR), at the University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, is an internationally recognised research organisation, specialising in research, education, and technology development for wireless communications. ITR conducts its research in four main areas: satellite communications, high-speed data communications, flexible radios and networks and computational and theoretical neuroscience. With some 35 staff and 30 postgraduate students, the ITR is the largest university-based research organisation in the area of wireless communications in Australia.


Stargazing Excursion to Stockport Observatory

The Astronomical Society of South Australia is pleased to provide a Stargazing Excursion to Stockport Observatory (80 kms from Adelaide) offer as an additional extra for delegates. The tour will consist of a stargazing experience under dark skies to acquaint O/S visitors to the splendour of our southern hemisphere sky. We begin with an Aussie BBQ dinner, followed by a naked eye introduction to the night sky by one of our experienced guides. This will be followed by viewing through large telescopes. We end the evening with tea and coffee.

Date: Tuesday 26th or Wednesday 27th September 2017
Price: $60 Per Person Includes: Bus transfers, tour and Aussie BBQ dinner

The Heights Observatory

Located 20 minutes from the city Is a purpose-built astronomical facility, consisting of two buildings; a domed observatory housing a 14" F10 Meade LX200 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and a retractable roof observatory housing a superior quality 12.5" Ritchey–Chrétien Cassegrain telescope from Optical Guidance Systems.  The Observatory also uses a 16" Meade Light-Bridge Dobsonian, a 10" GSO Dobsonian, and 80mm Celestron NextSTAR GT GOTO scope, as well as binoculars, and a QHY8 cooled CCD camera and Canon 40D DSLR camera for astronomical imaging. Viewing night will only proceed if the weather is suitable.

Date:  28th September
Price:  $50 per person includes Bus Transfer
Limited spaces available

Adelaide Planetarium

Aboriginal and Under Australian Skies

Ever wondered what you’re looking at when you look up at the night sky?  Have you ever wanted someone to take you on a general tour of what we can see beneath Australian skies? Do all cultures see the sky the same, or are there differences? Do Aboriginal Australians see the night sky differently? Australia has some of the darkest skies in the world - that are well suited for those who like to ponder as they gaze skyward. The celestial ballet of stars above is rich in story, myth and science. Come on a general tour of the night sky with popular astronomer Paul Curnow - who has been taking audiences on cosmic journeys at the Adelaide Planetarium for the past 25-years! This session will also feature the new full dome movie entitled ‘Capturing the Cosmos’ (runs 25-minutes), and is aimed at an ‘adult’ audience.

Aboriginal Australians have been looking at the night sky for thousands of years. During this time they have been able to build up a complex knowledge of the stars and their movements. Come and learn how to find the different constellations (stellar patterns) as seen by indigenous groups throughout Australia. Hear about the Dreaming stories that relate to the night sky, and learn about how constellations like the Southern Cross and Orion are seen by Aboriginal Australians. The evening is strictly designed for those who would like to know more about the night sky and the constellations, as seen by the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.

Date:  26th September
Price:  $50 per person includes Bus Transfer      
Limited spaces available

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