Elon Musk, Bill Nye, Space VIPs to Converge At Space Event in Adelaide

The 68th International Astronautical Congress is coming to Adelaide on 25-29 September with a huge program featuring plenary sessions and highlight lectures from everyone from Elon Musk to Bill Nye to Heads of major space agencies.

If you really, really love space, you’ll already know that the ultimate annual space nerd event is coming to Australia very soon! But just in case you haven’t heard, free up the end of September because the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is coming to Adelaide. Here at Australia’s Science Channel, we are incredibly proud and excited to be a media partner for this event in our own backyard. We will be doing everything from livestreaming to live-tweeting to make sure you don’t miss out!

Anyone who is anyone in the realm of the space industry will be in attendance. All sorts of important and interesting people will be coming to IAC 2017 including Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and popular science communicator Bill Nye!

There will also be various Heads of major space agencies as well as current and former astronauts from all around the world. There’ll be over 80 sponsors and exhibitors showing off all the latest advancements in space technology too. It’s anticipated that up to 4,000 delegates, both local and international, will attend the conference.

Elon Musk will deliver a short address to delegates on Friday 29 September in the afternoon. He will be providing an update on his plans for settling Mars. His talk will also be live-streamed globally and you can bet that we have some exciting plans around this.

 Bill Nye will present a highlight lecture, “Flight by Light with Bill Nye – LightSail & Innovations in Solar Sailing”. LightSail is a citizen-funded solar sailing spacecraft project from The Plentary Society, of which Bill Nye is the CEO. This small spacecraft is propelled solely by sunlight to Earth orbit.

“Leveraging this case study as context, Nye will explore stories of solar sailing origins, applications, planned missions, and future possibilities. LightSail is a citizen-funded cubesat that demonstrates solar sailing propulsion technology: flight by sunlight. In addition to discussing solar sailing, Nye will address broader themes relevant to the global space science community, including NASA’s role under the current U.S. administration.”



The theme for IAC 2017 is “Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security”.

If you want to get in on the IAC 2017 action yourself, the standard registration period ends on 20 September and that registration is for the entire period of the Congress – from 25-29 September.  Registrations for one or two days are not accepted. All the conference and registration details can be found at www.iac2017.org.

Image credits: Elon Musk (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr), Bill Nye (Montclair Film Festival/Flickr)

Follow all the IAC 2017 stories, including daily live videos at the Congress and all the news and announcements in the lead up to this astronautical event at iac.australiascience.tv.