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Elon Musk one of many space experts to attend International Astronuatical Congress in Adelaide

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South Australia to highlight its space history, space industry and its amazing view of Milky Way at IAC2017

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Elon Musk is the latest of influential space experts to confirm their attendance at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide at the end of September.

According to the IAC organisers Musk will be one of the hundreds of space industry leaders to speak at the congress and will address delegates on the final afternoon on 29 September.

Congress CEO Brett Biddington AM, said Musk will speak for an hour, including a Q&A session and that the talk would be live-streamed on social media.

Biddington said Musk’s decision to update the global space community about his plans to colonise Mars will be welcomed by the more than 3000 registered delegates to IAC2017.

“Younger people especially are inspired by Musk’s innovation and entrepreneurship and the opportunity to hear of his plans first hand is a rare privilege,” Biddington said.

The 68th International Astronautical Congress will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia from 25-29 September and will host demonstrations on everything from living on Mars to space junk search and retrieval missions, including Bill Nye’s revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft.

The congress will include a NASA-hosted talk on how satellite technology can improve the Great Barrier Reef, along with an overview of next generation satellite servicing and refueling programs.

Astronauts attending the congress include Andy Thomas, Sandy Magnus and Charles Bolden.

Biddington said the congress would be an opportunity for visitors from outside of Australia to not only discuss the space

industry but see the Southern Hemisphere’s view of the Milky Way, learn about Australian indigenous culture and taste South Australia’s famous food and wine.

“We are offering visitors from the Northern Hemisphere the opportunity to go out at night to see the Milky Way in a way they have never seen,” said Biddington.

There are at least 60 South Australian organisations with space-related expertise and 11 local space start-ups, including Myriota, Fleet Space Technologies, Inovor Technologies and Neumann Space.

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