15th Australian Space Forum

Tuesday 9th May 2023

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation is looking forward to welcoming a global audience to the 15th edition of the Australian Space Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency, the South Australian Space Industry Centre and SmartSat CRC, the Forum provides the perfect opportunity to stimulate ideas, share information about emerging technologies and network with influential space sector leaders and the broader community.

Participants can attend in-person, or virtually through the event’s global interactive platform.

The space sector in Australia is experiencing unprecedented growth as industry, academia, and government work together to expand their activities and develop international relationships for ongoing opportunity and success within the space economy. Forum sessions include international panels covering highly pertinent topics that shape our industry. 

The 15th Australian Space Forum – By Industry For Industry
The Australian Space Forum, the national premier space event created by industry for industry, is the bi-annual flagship event of the Andy Thomas Space Foundation (ATSF). As a Not-for-profit, the Foundation proudly invests all funds received through the Forum to advancing national space education programs.

The 15th Australian Space Forum will highlight two key themes: Space Cooperation in the Asia Pacific region (including significant representation from the Japanese Space Agency) and an update on Australia’s space capabilities.

Asia Pacific Regional Cooperation
Recent global turbulence, evident through frequent natural disasters, dynamic geopolitical landscapes and increasingly prevalent gaps in sovereign supply chains promotes the importance of strong international collaboration. Space plays a critical role in inspiring national capability development, addressing earth and space-based technological challenges for population wellbeing and advancing mitigation and management strategies for foreseeable threats.

United by common challenges and goals, the development of a strengthened regional global space network offers vast scope for sector growth and advancement. The Australian Space Forum will bring together Space leaders from within the local Asia Pacific region to discuss the importance of and current initiatives for regional cooperation.

Building Australia’s Space Capabilities
Australia and its population have become highly dependent on space-based services. However, Australian access to space is heavily reliant on the use of international capabilities. This lack of sovereign technologies offers both limitations and opportunities for the addressing security, economic and environmental challenges. Concerns around sovereign access are being considered by Australian Federal and State Governments, Industry and Academia, whom are working together to develop appropriate technologies and capabilities.

The Australian Space Forum will provide in-depth briefings on the current status and proposed future opportunities available to address space capability development, including:

• Sovereign Space Launch Capabilities
• Australian Space Agency Space Infrastructure Fund Projects
• Federal Modern Manufacturing Initiatives
• University Trailblazer Programs
• Other Significant Space Infrastructure – Overview

JAXA Participation
A significant JAXA delegation will participate in the 15th Australian Space Forum, continuing to build the strong relationship between Australia and Japan. A highlight of the Forum will be the Keynote address on the JAXA MMX (Martian Moons eXploration) mission.

MMX (Martian Moons eXploration) is a mission to explore the Martian moons.

Australia has partnered with Japan on an innovative new mission to Mars. The JAXA MMX spacecraft will land on Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, to collect samples which might hold the key to unlock further information about the birth of our solar system. The craft will complete its mission and return to land in Woomera, South Australia with its precious samples in 2029. Dr Masaki Fujimoto from JAXA will provide a keynote address on the JAXA MXX mission.

The MMX Space configurations, curtesy of JAXA (from the JAXA web site)

This iconic event is not to be missed and represents one of the foremost events on the national space industry calendar.

Pricing Information

Please note all prices are exclusive of GST (10%).

Earlybird (prior to 17 April 2022) Standard pricing (from 17 April 2022)
General admission (in-person) $320.00 $420.00
Fulltime student (in-person) $50.00 $80.00
General admission (virtual) $100.00 $135.00
Fulltime student (virtual) $35.00 $45.45
Teacher (virtual) $50.00 $60.00
  • In-person registration includes:
    > Access to all conference sessions
    > Access to the exhibition hall
    > Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
    > Attendance to the networking hour at the conclusion of the program
    > Conference name badge
    > Event handbook (by prior request)
    > Access to the Event App


Virtual registration includes:
> Exclusive access to all session recordings for 6 months before becoming available for public viewing. Session recordings will be snt to you by Friday, 19 May 2023.

Please note all prices are exclusive of GST (10%).
Earlybird (prior to 17 April) Standard pricing (from 17 April 2022)
Table ticket (10 tickets) $1,600.00 $1,850.00
Single Ticket $180.00 $205.00
Note:  We will have free seating for individual ticket holders. Only those that purchase a table will be able to allocate guests to a pre-assigned table.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

The Australian Space Forum series continues to grow through the ongoing support of our sponsors and exhibitors and we thank them for their contribution to the space industry in Australia and around the world.

The 15th Australian Space Forum is proudly supported by the below sponsors and exhibitors who are committed to a thriving space sector. If you would like to enquire on available sponsorship and exhibition packages for the next Forum, please contact spaceforum@andythomas.foundation

Special thanks to our Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you would like to enquire on available sponsorship and exhibition packages, please contact  spaceforum@andythomas.foundation

15th Australian Space Forum Official Media Partner

If you would like to enquire on available sponsorship, please contact spaceforum@andythomas.foundation

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Technology Sponsor
Exhibition Lounge Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor

Lunch and Tea Break Sponsor

Networking Hour Sponsor

Venue Sponsor

If you would like to enquire on available exhibition packages, please contact spaceforum@andythomas.foundation 

Adelaide University Space Society
AIAA Adelaide Section
Aurora Space Cluster
AVALON 2025 – Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Platinum Sponsor)



Blacktree Technology Pty Ltd
Boson Engineering
Braemac Pty Ltd (Silver Sponsor)
Bureau of Meteorology (Silver Sponsor)



Centralian Controls
Clearbox Systems
CSIRO (Silver Sponsor)
CyberOps (Foundation Partner)



Dedicated Systems Australia
Deloitte Australia(Gold Sponsor)
DUG Technology (Australia) Pty Ltd



Ernst & Young (Lunch and Tea Break Sponsor)



Fleet Space Technologies (Dinner Sponsor)



Hamilton Secondary College – Space School / Department For Education
Human Aerospace Pty Ltd



Inovor Technologies Pty Ltd (Foundation Partner)
Italian Trade Agency(Silver Sponsor)



Keysight Technologies (Technology Sponsor)
Kongsberg Satellite Services As – Ksat



Lockheed Martin Australia (Gold Sponsor)



Mawson Rovers
Monash High Powered Rocketry



Nano Vacuum Pty Ltd (Foundation Partner)
Neumann Space (Foundation Partner)
Nova Systems



Quantx Labs



Resonate Systems Pty Ltd
Robinson Aerospace Systems



Saab Australia Pty Ltd (Foundation Partner)
Saber Astronautics (Exhibition Lounge Sponsor)
SABRN Group of Companies
Scitek (Foundation Partner)
South Australian Space Industry Centre (Major Sponsors)
Southern Launch
Spiral Blue
Synspective (Networking Hour Sponsor)


Te Pūnaha Ātea — Space Institute The University of Auckland
The Andy Thomas Space Foundation
Thermo Fisher Scientific



UniSA Defence & Space
UniSA Venture Catalyst Space

Download the Australian Space Forum App

We encourage all face-to-face delegates to download the Forum app. You can connect to the app through your relevant app store. 

Use the app to:

– View the full program
– Join in the Q&A
– Rate, comment and take notes on sessions you attend
– Locate exhibitors you want to visit
– Connect with other delegates, plus more!*

* Please note that attendees must be signed into the app to view messages.

More details coming soon! 

Space Passport Program

A highlight of the Australian Space Forum is the educational outreach the event provides to students through the Space Passport program, enabling the opportunity for students to learn about space career pathways through direct engagement with Australia’s space leaders.

The Space Passport Program sessions encourage students to:

  • – Talk directly to companies currently involved with the Australian Space Sector,
  • – Ask companies about current and future careers within their industry,
  • – Find out about the school and tertiary pathways needed to enter the discussed careers.
  • – For more information and to register for this program, please click the registration button below.