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August Public Meeting | Western Australia Space Capability Showcase

Mon, 23 Aug 2021
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Join us for the August 2021 meeting of the Space Association of Australia all welcome! 

Date: Monday, 23 August 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm AEST

Owing to the current COVID-19 restrictions operating in Victoria, this month's meeting will be held completely online and starting at the slightly later time of 7:30 pm AEST. Please register below to join us remotely via Zoom or watch the live stream on our YouTube channel, SAA.TV.

This month we present a Western Australia Space Capability Showcase 

The showcase will feature:

  • The Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
  • Western Australia Optical Ground Station
  • Binar Space Program

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually over a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. Its unique configuration will give the SKA unrivalled scope in observations, largely exceeding the image resolution quality of the Hubble Space Telescope. It will also have the ability to image huge areas of sky in parallel a feat which no survey telescope has ever achieved on this scale with this level of sensitivity.

The Western Australia Optical Ground Station facility is an optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space. The advanced communications ground station will be able to receive data from spacecraft anywhere between low-Earth orbit and the surface of the Moon. It has the potential to support ground-breaking space projects, including NASA’s Artemis mission to land the first woman and next man on the Moon.

The Binar (BIN-ah) Space Program (named for the Noongar word for fireball) is building the next generation of Australian small spacecraft in order to advance solar system understanding and to lower the barriers to space operations for other groups and institutions. Five Binar CubeSats are scheduled to be launched to Space in 2021-2022, including Australia’s first homegrown satellite constellation, with ongoing experiments and testing of their remote capabilities to be conducted once they are in orbit.


7:30 pm
Association business: Space Association news and plans
Australian space news
Western Australia Space Capability Showcase:
7:45 pm
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) with Prof. Peter Quinn, Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
8:15 pm
Western Australia Optical Ground Station with Dr Sascha Schediwy from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
8:45 pm
Binar Space Program with Stuart Buchan & Fergus Downey from the Space Science Technology Centre at Curtin University
9:15 pm
Global space news update with Angelo Di Grazia
9:30 pm

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