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If COSPAR 2021 were a rocket sitting at Vandenburg … or perhaps at Mahia Peninsula, from where my own team’s next pair of cubesats will launch pretty soon after the Assembly is over … then we’d be into the final countdown and all-systems-go for launch.
Miss the Live Stream? The recording of the Public Lecture is now available.
What is it like to work in space exploration and specifically onthe M2020 Mission? Here is your opportunity to learn first hand about M2020 from one of the key NASA scientists Dr Adrian Brown. Participants even have the opportunity to ask Dr Brown questions.
Your registration includes access to all the Commissions, the Intersect Program and Value Added Sessions. See the whole COSPAR 2021 week at a glance.
What is it like to work in space exploration and specifically on the M2020 Mission? How did the Australian Adrian Brown make his way from Melbourne to NASA as the Deputy Program Scientist for the Mars 2020 mission? What is the connection between the rocks of Mars and those of the Pilbara in Western Australia and how can our rocks help in the search for life on another planet? This mission is the first part of an ambitious plan to eventually bring samples from Mars back to Earth.
Here is your opportunity to learn firsthand about M2020 from one of the key NASA scientists. Participants even have the opportunity to ask Dr Brown questions.View the "Public Lecture" PDF See the Public Lecture
A new strategic plan for Australian space science has been under development for some time on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science. This has been informed by several expert working groups, surveys, and other consultation. This session will provide opportunity for public comment on the draft Plan.
Our society is increasingly dependent on space derived services, while the burgeoning pace of space activity will unleash new opportunities and risks. The Plan outlines a framework for space science to advance Australia’s interests and priorities by contributing to discovery and innovation, the economy, security, society, and the workforce. Space science is a fundamental enabler for space industry and applications, and Australia’s world-class expertise in space science is critical for effectively leveraging these opportunities and mitigating risks.
This is the opportunity to provide constructive feedback helping shape the Plan for the benefit of all Australians.View the "The sky is not the limit: Australia’s Future in Space Science" PDF Access via the Platform
As space becomes increasingly accessible due to the burgeoning global space industry, the volume of data produced by space research missions is expected to continue rising exponentially.
Opportunities for accelerating scientific discovery come with challenges in scaling traditional scientific processing workflows. A possible model for addressing such needs is the adoption of cloud compute technologies and open source software. At the same time, the deployment of cloud compute technologies can allow researchers to address calls for scientific reproducibility.View the "Lockheed Martin Workshops" PDF View the Lockheed Martin Workshops
The rise of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques is creating opportunities for space science missions with unprecedented capabilities. By augmenting traditional rule-based decision making with AI techniques (such as decision policies in deep reinforcement learning), robotic missions may become highly autonomous. Furthermore, ML advances will augment the capabilities of crews serving in extended space missions.View the "Lockheed Martin Workshops" PDF View the Lockheed Martin Workshops
Imagine you work with a company that has developed a lunar rover, and you want to compete for a contract with NASA to extract and sell water ice on the Moon. You need a launch partner, and you need to know how your activities on the Moon will be regulated. But what if there is a risk of colliding with space debris during the launch? What if debates at the UN raise concerns about protecting the lunar environment, or about who can share in the benefits of these commercial activities, under the Outer Space Treaty? What is the lawful thing to do, and what is the right thing to do? In this session, space law and ethics experts will talk you through a hypothetical scenario, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and propose answers.
Moderated by Dr Cassandra Steer. Dr. Cassandra Steer is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute of Space (InSpace), and a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law specialising in space law, space security and international law.View the "What Would You Do? Law and Ethics in Space" PDF Access via the Platform
The Leadership Forum is perfectly tailored for COSPAR 2021 participants. Featuring Keoki Jackson (USA) Lockheed Martin, Professor Russell Boyce, Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra and Chair COSPAR 2021; Elanor Huntington, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU) and moderated by Darryl Krook, one of Australia’s most challenging Strategic and Organisational Development Consultant.View the "Leadership Forum" PDF Access via the Platform
The widespread availability of machine learning (ML) technologies promises to disrupt scientific disciplines.
Popular open source ML frameworks are not only useful for data-driven model fitting, but also for efficient computation of physics-based models. This COSPAR 2021 workshop is dedicated to showcasing use cases of ML technologies to observational and simulation data.View the "Lockheed Martin Workshops" PDF View the Lockheed Martin Workshops
Moderated by COSPAR President, Dr Len Fisk, the key topics that will be discussed include:
As part of its Scientific Assembly COSPAR presents awards and medals to members of the space science community. This year’s awards are being presented online. Extended interviews with the Awardees are available on the COSPAR 2021 website.View Awardees
You will want to grab the official t-shirt of the first ever Virtual Assembly in the history of COSPAR.
Missed the Space Agency Leaders’ Round Table live? You can now download and view the recording.
See the whole weeks’ program at a glance. Commencing Friday 28th January 2021.
View the extended interview videos of all Awardees here.