Engineering for the Final Frontier

Start time: 5:30pm AEST. Join our experts to hear about Australia's growing space capabilities and participation in future space explorations. Celebrating science & technology as part of National Science Week.
Image of a space launch system over the earth

Professor Alan Duffy will set the scene with an overview about what the space industry is and how broad space exploration is – it’s not what you think!

Alan will discuss latest programmes of work at Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute, including new kinds of manufacturing, materials, and surface coatings for space, as well as the future opportunities on the moon for Australia from mining to telescopes. The key to Australia’s prosperity in space is securing its own launch capability to orbit and beyond, with new satellites and AI techniques from space offering even greater value for everyday life on Earth.

Brisbane-based Gilmour Space is developing new launch technologies that will revolutionise access to space for small satellites in low Earth orbits. Their CEO, Adam Gilmour, will talk about the technology 'valley of death', the importance of supporting sovereign space companies in Australia, and the need for autonomous systems to support mining on the Moon, and beyond. 



 Alan Duffy

Alan Duffy
Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute and Professor @ Swinburne University, Lead Scientist @ The Royal Institution of Australia home of Cosmos.

Alan is a professional astrophysicist creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter.
The inaugural Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne, he leads a multidisciplinary team finding ways to use space to help companies and communities on Earth.

Before Swinburne, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne and a postdoctoral research associate with ICRAR at the University of Western Australia. Prior to all this antipodean fun Alan obtained his PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and spent two years as a postgraduate at the Sterrewacht, Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands.


Adam Gilmour
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Gilmour Space Centre

 Adam Gilmour

Adam Gilmour is the CEO and Co-founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a private space company that is pioneering rocket development and launch in Queensland, Australia.

Gilmour’s successes have helped to attract venture capital funding from top-tier venture capital firms Blackbird, Main Sequence and Fine Structures Ventures; as well as Australian superannuation funds HESTA, Hostplus and NGS Super.

As one of Australia’s leading space companies with over 80 employees and growing, Gilmour Space is committed to growing our sovereign space supply chain and advanced manufacturing capabilities in Australia.

Find out more about how we're enabling lower cost access to space at


17 / 08 / 2021 - 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
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17 / 08 / 2021 05:30 pm
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