Canberra Skeptics Lecture: A Developing Role for Australia in Space Debris Characterisation and Management

Speaker: Brett Biddington

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2013

Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT

Free Admission

Space debris in Low Earth Orbits (LEO) especially is of concern to all nations on Earth – those that are space faring and the rest, including Australia, that are space dependent.  Before mitigation and remediation strategies can be contemplated, a great deal more information, in a great deal more detail, is needed to characterise the problem.  At present there are no ground-based Space Situational Awareness sensors in the Southern Hemisphere, leading to large gaps in coverage, especially relating to space objects launched from North Asia.  In November 2012 the Australian Government announced that it will collaborate with the United States to develop SSA capabilities in Australia by locating a large radar at North West Cape in Western Australia.

This talk will describe these developments having first set some relevant context covering, strategic, policy, legal and operational matters.

Brett Biddington is the founder of a Canberra-based consulting company which specialises in space and cyber security matters. Between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team which developed the Internet Router In Space (IRIS) program and promoted merged space-ground communications systems.

Brett is the immediate past chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and sits on several boards and advisory committees that are concerned with the governance of Australian space activities.

Brett is an Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute in the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.  In June 2012 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Australian space sector.


Canberra Skeptics Incorporated is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about us, including our podcast “The Hansard – Canberra Skeptics Record of Reason,” please visit our website

There will be a networking function following the lecture.  This will be held in King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic.