Notes for Opening Ceremony Speech

It’s my honour and privilege to welcome you, as representatives of the world’s space community, to Australia and to this Congress.

Many of you travelled long distances to join us today. Over the past 25 years our space industry association has also travelled a long distance but today we celebrate two wonderful achievements – the hosting of the world’s most important annual meeting of the international space community and Australia’s decision to participate as an equal member of that community.

As is evidenced by the Commonwealth Government’s announcement today, the planning for this Congress has coincided with a renewed enthusiasm in this country for the potential that space development offers for the future of our nation. The social and economic benefits of space, as well as the quest to explore and to learn, are more than ever within our reach.

Our decision to host this Congress was a bold one but we have been rewarded in one giant leap today which advances our vision for:

Thank you to our wonderful congress organising team. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters. Thank you to the Commonwealth Government, the Government of South Australia and the CSIRO, the City of Adelaide, the Adelaide Convention Bureau and the Adelaide Convention Centre. A special thank you to our Anchor Sponsor, Lockheed Martin, without whose support it would not have been possible for our Association to host this Congress.

We hope you enjoy your time with us and that you will join your Australian friends in a moment of celebration before we burn our engines and continue our journey on an altered trajectory.

I now call upon:

The President of the International Astronautical Federation, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall

The President of the International Academy of Astronautics, Prof. Peter Jankowitsch

and

The President of the International Institute of Space Law, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl

to join me on stage to open the Congress.