To infinity and beyond
From supporting Apollo moon missions to coordinating the design of the Rosetta spacecraft, Australia has made giant leaps for mankind in advancing our understanding of space. But when it comes to market share, Australia’s contribution sits stagnant at a mere one percent of a $400 billion industry.
In this talk, Warwick Holmes will discuss how Australia plans to leverage its expertise to improve its bottom line through the founding of the Australian Space Agency, and by developing the nation’s first generation of space engineers. He will also explore how the emergence of rival space programs, including private space exploration companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, may impact this vision.
Warwick Holmes considers the 1969 moon landing as a pivotal moment in his life. It was then, as a seven-year-old glued to the television, he watched history unfold and his passion for space launched. He went on to study engineering at university before moving to the UK to work for the British Aerospace Company. This was the start of his 30-year career in the European space industry, including contributing to the Rosetta mission.
Returning to Sydney in 2017, Warwick is the executive director of Space Engineering where he hopes to share his passion for all things outer space with the next generation of space engineers.