It is the final day, and yet, the Aerospace Conference could not help but pack in a day of endless presentations, Globemaster flypasts and a stunning finale dinner. Some of the biggest names among the recruiter presentations included Captain Andy Bauer and Keith Fernandes from Virgin Australia, Emily Frizell from Engineers Australia, Shena Howell representing Northrop Grumman, and Samantha Hearne from Defence Force.
In the field of development, speakers introduced to us some exciting research projects in the field of aerospace. Dr Lyle Roberts showed how using two twin satellites, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) could detect anomalies in the Earth’s gravitational field, revealing data including the thinning of the Earth’s ice sheets, or the movement of magma and ocean circulation. Meanwhile, Thales presented their Stratobus, a stratospheric airship with capabilities ranging from military applications to providing a telecommunications platform enhancing 4G/5G coverage.
The Air Force made certain to demonstrate their capabilities, advancing from flight simulations of operating a helicopter, to organising a spectacular flypast with two C-17A Globemasters. The two aircraft function primarily as military transports typically involved in transportation and airdrop duties. An overhead flypast coordinated near Canberra’s airport with two 52m wingspan aircrafts was certainly a rare moment to be experienced.
The day closed with a finale dinner at the National Arboretum. We were joined by Dr Paul Scully-Power, who was the first Australian in space. He captivated audience members with his inspiring journey and vision, bestowing us with the duty of Australian aerospace leaders for this generation and the one to come. He ended the presentation with an announcement that the next Aerospace Futures conference will be held in Sydney.
With the conference concluding, the long week has connected us, taught us, and inspired us. Our team heads home bringing connections formed through the events and to take a deserving rest, anticipating the next Aerospace Futures that is to come.
Photo credit to Photography Team at Australian Youth Aerospace Association.