Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 2

Buccaneer Cubesat

In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s update on day 1 of the Aerospace Futures Conference!


Today was another fantastic conference day, with demonstrations and workshops from some of Australia’s best and brightest. The day kicked off with a showcase of some of UNSW Canberra’s space achievements such as the Buccaneer CubeSat and their Satellite tracking work.

UNSW Canberra Tracking and Satellite
UNSW Canberra Tracking and Satellite
Buccaneer Cubesat
Buccaneer Cubesat

This was followed by a fascinating keynote from Sandy Tirtey of Rocket Lab, who demonstrated some of their recent achievements with the Electron rocket. The company is quite an inspiration; demonstrating how the Oceanic region can generate large space industries.

Rocket Labs Electron rocket at the aerospace futures conference
Rocket Labs Electron rocket

The day featured many technical speeches, each covering areas of research and development in the aerospace industry. Of particular interest to the BLUEsat team was a presentation from Prof. Daniel Shaddock of the Australian National University who took us through his involvement with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project which has used laser interferometry to detect gravitational waves. We also heard from the CSIRO about their work in the space engineering field, in particular the development of the square kilometer radio array.

The team also had the opportunity to view the Australian Army’s new nano-drone – the Black Hornet. This drone only weighs 38g but is able to transmit high-quality video over 1km, operates silently and has a 30 minute battery life. The mechanical and software technologies going into this drone, and the Australian Army’s new equipment is awe-inspiring.

Army Nano-Drone
Army Nano-Drone

We are capping off the evening with a future workforce panel which will help us to not only find internships and employment, but also learn how to market ourselves as future leaders.


Tune in tomorrow for Timothy’s update about day 3 of the Aerospace Futures Conference!