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towards the inaugural australian decadal plan for space science 2007 2016
Towards the Inaugural Australian Decadal Plan for Space Science: 2007-2016
  • What is Space Science?
  • Draft Vision
  • Process & Timeline
  • Science Themes
  • A Taste of the Proposed Science
  • Summary.

Plan Steering Committee

(Iver H. Cairns, Brett Biddington, Graziella Caprarelli, Jon Clarke, David Cole, Peter Dyson, Brian Fraser, Alex Held, Marc Norman, Carol Oliver, Andrew Parfitt, Peter Robinson, Malcolm Walter, Bob Vincent, and John Zilman)

ESA/DEST 16/3/07

[See for Plan status and documents.]

i what is space science
I. What is Space Science?
  • Science of solar system phenomena and objects.
  • Science of space & science from space
  • “Everything above the tropopause”.
what is space science
What is Space Science?

Space Science includes:

  • space physics and space weather
  • planetary geology
  • remote sensing of Earth … from orbit
  • astrobiology
  • space technology

Astronomy  extra-solar system,

Earth Sciences surface and below.

ii intentions for the decadal plan
II. Intentions for the Decadal Plan
  • Build a sustainable world-class community of Australian space scientists.
  • Present exciting, widely-agreed, visionary research themes and projects directed towards longterm scientific goals of the Australian space science community.
  • Link the research and goals with the interests and requirements of Australian constituencies: Government, Industry, wider scientific community, and public.
  • Develop and optimize the space science community for the nation’s benefit.
  • Be the official position of the space science community and Academy on major science and funding projects.
  • Lead to increased Government funding of space science.
iii process see www physics usyd edu au ncss

Decadal Plan Steering Committee

Public Outreach Working Group

Science Working Groups


Working Group

Industry /


Working Groups

Government Working Group

III. Process (see

Sun to Ground





Theory, Mod.,

& data


Space Weather

Space Tech

  • Steering Committee: final responsibility for the development, writing, approval, and publication of the Decadal Plan.
  • Working Group: researches a specific component of the Decadal Plan and then provides recommendations.
  • Now writing Draft Plan & refining inputs (mid 2007 release).

Auspace Aust. Govt Antarctic Division

ANU British Aerospace Australia

Bureau of Meteorology Bureau of Rural Science

Cisco Systems COSSA


Geoscience Australia Gravitec

IPS Radio and Space Services La Trobe University

Macquarie University University of Adelaide

University ofNewcastle University of NSW

University of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney

University of South Australia University of Southern Queensland

University of Technology, Sydney University of Western Australia

Vipac WA Department of Land Inform.

timeline proposed schedule
Timeline & Proposed Schedule
  • September 2005 - NCSS announces Development of Decadal Plan

- release of Draft Structure, Purview, and Strawman documents

  • October 2005 - Deadline for initial feedback
  • March – July 2006 - Working Group period
  • August-November - Steering Committee meetings, visits & Plan talks
  • September 2006 - LASP Proposal written & submitted
  • Jan 2007 - LASP proposal approved
  • March - June 2007 - Writing & Refining Draft Plan
  • June 2007 - Draft Plan Released for Comment
  • July 2007 - Townhall Meeting for final revisions & Adoption
  • Aug – ? 2007 - Release of Plan (dependent on election)
  • Sept 2007 - Implementation Workshop
iv global science themes draft
IV. Global Science Themes (draft)

(i) Sun and Space to Earth (SSE)

Understand how activity on the Sun and in space develops throughout the solar system and affects humans and human technology.

(ii) Plasma to Planets (P2P)

Understand evolution from plasma & dust to the present-day Sun, Earth, and other solar system bodies and then beyond.

(iii) Observing Australia, Earth and Planets from Space

Remotely sense and model the atmosphere, climate, oceans, surface, life, and geology of Australia, Earth and other planets and solar system bodies.

  • Life and Technology in Space (LIFTS)

Understand the effects of space’s harsh environment on life and technology, develop space technology, and consider how life evolved on Earth and perhaps elsewhere?


v taste of science projects draft
V. Taste of Science & Projects (Draft)
  • Foci: (i) our strengths & (ii) interests of Government / industry.
  • Coordination Center / Corp.
  • 1 Grand Challenge project (Sundiver)
  • 2-3 Flagship projects (e.g., Lightning, Octant)
  • Smaller projects (Digi-radar, balloons, nanosats)
  • Education & Training
  • Collaboration on international projects
flagship octant themes sse p2p lifts
Flagship: “Octant”(Themes SSE, P2P, & LIFTS.)
  • To study Sun-Earth connections & space weather from Sun to magnetosphere to ionosphere/ground on a global basis (pole ↔ equator).
  • To measure and model (equator to pole) the dynamics, and coupling of the atmosphere, ionosphere, & magnetosphere over Australian region.


International Links:

Meridian (China)

American chains











  • Instrument ~1/8 World’s surface: Radar, optical/IR, GPS TEC & scints,
  • magnetometer, digisonde, solar radio, and radio comms.
  • Connection to FedSat and international space/ground networks
  • Provide vital ionospheric info for SKA, NTD, MWA etc. (justify in Oz).
  • Provide ionospheric, atmospheric, and comms info (and cover) ….
lightning 1 2 flagship concept
Lightning-1 & -2: Flagship Concept


  • Dynamics of equatorial to high-latitude ionosphere & atmosphere
  • Lightning, sprites & global

electrodynamic circuit.

  • Greenhouse gases & climate change, local and large-scale – measurement & verification.
  • Remote sensing Australia
  • Gravimetric & magnetic maps of Australia (geodesy, minerals..)
  • Demonstrate Australian technologies (electric propulsion, spacecraft/comms, instruments)
  • Beacon/Rec for ionospheric radars


  • 1 equatorial,
  • 1 highly inclined.
  • 250-1000 km altitude
  • (alterable)
  • Upgradable
vi overview
VI. Overview
  • NCSS & the Steering Committee are developing the first Australian Decadal Plan for Space Science: 2007-2016, .
  • Plan launch expected in second half of 2007.
  • Exciting world-class science and technology that is interdisciplinary, involves the enabling sciences, & has many applications with vital national benefit.
  • Major training and education components.
  • Strong international links.