Numerous speakers have been lined up for Adelaide’s _southstart festival in November, with NASA’s deputy director for technology and research investments Dr. Christyl Johnson recently announced as part of the event.
Also joining her is the head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr. Megan Clark. The festival is focusing on all things space related, including how a collaboration between NASA and the Australian Space Agency is aiming to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.
Other key players include SpaceIL’s Kfir Damari. The co-founder is keen to share with Adelaide how his startup rallied Israel behind Beresheet to create the world’s first privately funded space craft to reach the moon. Beresheet touched down earlier in April this year, but technical issues and communication failures resulted in the craft crashing.
Event Director Craig Swann sees the festival as “a unique opportunity for Australian audiences to hear from leading international space agencies, startups and investors”. With plans to have Adelaide’s previous Royal Adelaide Hospital on North Terrace built into new headquarters for the National Space Agency, exploring space in SA is not beyond our reach.
Aside from speakers and conferences, the festival will also include a mixer on November 19 at Tandanya and a closing party at Arthur House on November 21. Maybe it’s possible to party hard enough until you see stars?
Tickets start at $99 for students, $399 for general admission and peak at $1499 for the VIP experience.