International Space Council to Help Guide Australia’s Remote Operations


Australia’s profile in the new global Space race has received a major boost with the establishment of an International Space Council to help guide remote operations accelerator AROSE.

AROSE Chair David Flanagan said AROSE has been able to attract a group of highly experienced and respected professionals from the global Space industry to join its International Space Council.

“The International Space Council will elevate AROSE’s standing in the international Space sector,” Mr Flanagan said.

“Council members will help define AROSE’s global engagement strategy and provide long-term strategic direction to ensure we are successful in achieving our mission, to position Australia as a global leader of remote operations in Space and on Earth.”

The International Space Council will also help strengthen and foster relationships between Australia’s burgeoning Space sector and the rest of the world, a key pillar of the AROSE mission.

Council member Carissa Christensen, an internationally recognised expert in advanced technology for the defence and Space industries, said she is honoured to have been asked to join the AROSE International Space Council.

“The Council will help position AROSE and Australia as a leading global provider of remote operations capability to the international Space sector,” Ms Christensen said.

“Australia’s expertise is well understood by Space-faring nations, and there will be many opportunities in the years ahead to expand Australia’s remote operations service offering to major international Space sector providers.”

Western Australian Deputy Premier and Science Minister Roger Cook said establishment of the AROSE International Space Council is an exciting step for AROSE and its global reach.

“Western Australia’s Space industry has truly come of age,” Mr Cook said.

“Recently we’ve had large investments in Space infrastructure in the State including the Fugro SpAARC remote operations centre and the European Space Agency’s second deep space ground station at New Norcia.

“AROSE and its members are leading the way for Australia on the global Space stage and accelerating our remote operations capability across all industries.”

The International Space Council compliments AROSE’s existing Resources Advisory Board. The Resources Advisory Board, made up of leaders from Australia’s mining and energy sectors, was created to bring Space capability to resources companies to help solve the critical challenges they face, while also taking Australia’s remote operations expertise to Space.

The AROSE consortium brings together 15 members from across the resources, Space and research sectors. Members collaborate on the greatest challenges facing the remote and autonomous operations industry to benefit in-Space and on-Earth applications.

AROSE International Space Council members:

Dr John Blitch

Senior research scientist in cognitive psychology and neuroscience with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Founding director of CRASAR, the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue.

Carissa Christensen

Founder and CEO of BryceTech. Previously co-founder of defence company The Tauri Group, and quantum computing software company QxBranch.

Linda Dawson

Deputy Director General, Industry, Science and Innovation at the WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. AROSE Board member.

Barry McGuire

Chair of Safespear, provider of safety services to the oil and gas sector. Previously MD Redspear Safety.

Dawn McIntosh

Fugro Australia Space Systems Director. Previously +20 years as project manager and engineer at NASA.

Russell Potapinski

Previously General Manager and Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems at Woodside Energy. Founder and inaugural chair of AROSE.

David Radzanowski

Highly experienced in technical and financial leadership in commercial and government organisations including Aerospace Corporation, Equator Corporation and NASA.

Dr Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Research Engineer, Space Enabled Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Space.

David Flanagan

AROSE Chair. Chair Battery Minerals Limited. Formerly Managing Director and Chair of Atlas Iron.

Leanne Cunnold

AROSE CEO. Previously held senior executive roles at Schneider Electric and APC with postings in Tokyo, Sydney, Boston, Hong Kong and Singapore.


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