International Congress of Astronautics - as it was in Australia
From October 1 to October ? 2018 in Bremen, Germany, the 69th International Astronautical Congress will be held - the largest event of the aerospace industry year, bringing together scientists, engineers and aerospace agents from around the world.
Let's remember where and how this event was held in the past, in 2017.
conference center an area of 20 thousand square meters. meters.
In addition to technical sessions (more than 200), as well as plenary sessions and public lectures, an exhibition was held on the territory of the center (on an area of ?000 square meters), in which 16 countries took part.
At registration, all delegates were given bags with a drawing of the artist - a native of Australia, and the opening of the congress began with traditional dances of representatives of local tribes.
The bright moments of the congress, of course, was the performance of Ilona Mask, where he presented the project of SpaseX company - the gigantic rocket BFR and described the plan of the Martian city, presentation of Lockheed Martin the plan of the Martian orbital station and the descent vehicle. Many reports were devoted to the development of outer space, improved delivery and maintenance of near-Earth satellites, the development of policies and laws on the joint use of near-Earth space by governments and private organizations.
The program of the Congress can be viewed here.
For all comers, various excursions to local attractions were available, including museums, wildlife parks, wineries and cheesemakers. It was possible to participate in a river or sea cruise, or simply stroll through the numerous parks. The center of Adelaide is about 15 km from the sea coast, the weather was cool but comfortable, in the vicinity of 15-20 ° C.
The representatives of the Defense Science and Technology Group organized an excursion to the Edinburgh military base (Woomera test site). Australia was the third country after the USSR and the USA, which launched the satellite from its territory (though not without the help of the Americans and the British), the Woomera range of more than ?000 km is one of the largest in the world, and located on the territory of Australia over-the-horizon radar is the most ambitious and most accurate. The control station in Edinburgh provided radar data to facilitate the search for the missing Malaysian Boeing "MH370" in 2014.
On the military base, the participants of the excursion showed modern research and development directions of the Australian Ministry of Defense in the field of trusted autonomous systems (
? Trusted Autonomous Systems
), Materials science, psychology and medicine, etc.
In the city you could visit restaurants and cafes with various cuisines around the world, or try barbecue and street food from tents along the river.
The Congress proved to be the catalyst for the decision of the Australian Government to organize own space agency .
I hope that the upcoming congress in Germany will be even more successful and interesting.
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