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Acknowledgement of Country

First and foremost, our platform and Australia-wide space community acknowledges Australia’s First Nations' People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Our team is located in multiple locations across Australia, and as such, we acknowledge the Gadigal, Bedegal, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, Kaurna, Wardandi Noongar, Ngunnawal, Dharug and Guringai people as the traditional custodians of these lands and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.

Who We Are

We’ve spent two years researching what the Australian space community wants as a platform – which has allowed us to build a user-centric website and given us a great long term strategy on rolling out new products for all your Aussie space needs! We want to be your one-stop-shop to find out all you need about our local space community and plan to share the stories and voices as that we, as a region, start to grow.

We’re a small team, based around the country - but are very much growing (see below for a small intro from each of us)

Meet the Team!

Here's the folks that make the magic happen ...

Rami Mandow

Rami wears a few hats at Space Australia (Founding Director and Editor) and is located in Sydney - covering stories across the city and NSW. 

He often spends his weekend hanging out with his little doggo mate, Max (Jack Russell) and is passionate about pulsars; gravitational waves and supermassive black holes (from an astrophysics perspective) - but also loves supporting diversity, citizen sciences, and Mexican food. 

When travelling, Rami prefers the more remote, mountain regions having climbed the summit of Kilimajaro and been to Everest basecamp. 

Rami is also currently in his third year Masters of Astronomy (Astrophysics) with Swinburne University of Technology and comes from a business/digital background of building websites, apps, social media etc. for several agencies across NSW Government for over 5 years, and beyond that a history in the digital space from the mid-2000s.

Email: rami@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @CosmicRami

Amy Wardrop

Amy is one of our SpaceAus Reporters and spends most of her time between Canberra and New Zealand, covering stories and events from these regions.  

A lover of the great outdoors and nature, Amy has worked on Webby Award-winning Citizen Science digital programs that empowered young people to get back into National Parks and learn about local indigenous cultures, fauna, and flora. She also has a soft spot for cats (especially the sassy ones) and will always be up for a delicious bowl of pasta. 

She really loves Earth Observation related space topics; space law; the advancement of satellite/CubeSat technology; the space start-up eco-system and of course the rapidly evolving commercial space sector. 

Amy's background has been working in the digital sphere for a number of years and across a variety of projects and roles ranging from the government sector through to the start-up scene in multiple cities across Australia. 

Email: amy@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @Amoswar

Vanessa Chapman

Vanessa is located in Perth, and is one of our SpaceAus Reporters. They cover stories across Western Australia.

Inspired by a mixture of science fiction and scientific curiosity, Vanessa is passionate about the potential of human exploration and settlement in space and on other planets. They like to hang out with their cat, Kandi, and you can guarantee that if Vanessa has free time, they will be knitting. They also enjoys trips to local bakeries, cafés, and markets on weekends.

Vanessa is a current undergraduate student at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in archaeology, anthropology, and physics. Vanessa also hopes to one day undertake research in anthropology of outer space.

Email: vanessa@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @astronessie1

Vi Tran

Vi is a SpaceAus Reporter based in Adelaide, covering stories from South Australia, in addition to being an aspiring space doctor studying the medicine at the University of Adelaide. In 2018, she was a recipient of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM) John Lane Trust Scholarship for her literature review on infectious diseases in space and is currently undertaking an Honours project in the area of post-spaceflight rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system.

Vi is an alumnus and class representative of the International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (ISU SH-SSP) class of 2020. Vi is also a proud graduate of South Australian Space School and National Space Camp. Outside of her studies, Vi is a long-distance runner, creative writer and an environmental advocate.  Her favourite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Email: vi@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @vistronaut

Daniel Lambeth

Dan is located in Melbourne, and as a SpaceAus Reporter he covers stories and events from Victoria and Tasmania.

A few years ago Dan decided that being an airline pilot with a young family and a hyperactive Havanese dog were not enough to keep him busy so he decided to explore a passion that he'd had since childhood and study Astronomy. He's not looked back since, and loves doing research and communicating science to young people and adults.

On his days off he can sometimes be found in a nerdy space t-shirt with his model rockets talking to school students about STEM. Dan started in IT and looks for opportunities to apply his coding skills to problems in aerospace. His leisure time is spent playing Kerbal Space Program and Elite: Dangerous, and trying to figure out the most efficient way to destroy the solar system using the n-body physics in Universe Sandbox.

He also likes hiking and travelling, and spending time watching rocket launches with his kids.

Email: dan@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @dhlambeth

Kim Gosschalk

Kim is located in Sydney and is one of our SpaceAus Reporters covering equality, STEM and education activities. She has spent much of her career bridging the gap between the technical and the human. For the past several years, she produced websites and digital applications focused on user-centred design for NSW government. Before moving to website production, Kim was a Technical Writer, web writer and editor, and a freelance music writer. Kim has just completed her Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and has also returned to her love of writing. 

Kim is fascinated with Indigenous Australian astronomy and the future of the Australian Space industry in Australia as well as having a special interest in STEM for girls. 

When she’s not researching ransomware and data breaches, Kim enjoys writing for children, photography and has taken way too many photos of her English Springer Spaniel.

Twitter: @kimgosscha

Ruth Harrison

Ruth is based in Brisbane and is one our SpaceAus reporters covering Queensland and Northern Territories.

Ruth is an enthusiastic advocate for diversity, particularly within STEM fields. She is currently studying for a master’s in space operations at UNSW, having completed a Grad Cert during 2020. She also holds a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and has more than 15 years’ experience connecting and supporting people within recruitment and career coaching.

Ruth is inspired by the people behind the technology and how technology can be used to the betterment of humanity. She is also passionate about ensuring diverse voices are heard in STEM so that the world can be designed and engineered with everyone in mind.

Ruth is also a massive fan of LEGO, using LEGO to not only support her drive to support diversity and inclusion but also her passion for Space and Technology. Her Saturn V and Shuttle LEGO models are the centrepieces of her varied collection.

Email: ruth@Spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @rocketwomanaus

 

Kirsten Banks

Kirsten is our resident SpaceAus TikToker, based in Sydney, who creates quick and fun bites of SpaceAus video content.From a very young age Kirsten was fascinated by the sky, dreaming of becoming a meteorologist in Primary School and moving from the clouds to the stars in High School. She loves to share her passion for space and astronomy with anyone and everyone.

Whenever she’s not working on her research, she’s creating fun science and space content to share with the world.On the off chance that she’s not thinking about space and the universe, Kirsten loves to appreciate a good colourful sunset. After a long day of research and content creation, she loves to relax and recharge on the couch watching reality television. Get the cheese board ready and pour a glass of wine because Bachie is on!

Kirsten has been involved in multiple topics of research, from Aboriginal Astronomy to cannibalistic galaxies and galactic archaeology. She is currently doing a PhD at UNSW trying to unveil more about the history and formation of the Milky Way galaxy and is very excited to expand humankind’s knowledge of the Universe and eventually become Dr. Kirsten Banks.

Twitter: @AstroKirsten

Shanika Galaudage

Shanika is Space Australia's Social Media Coordinator, helping bring you the cool space content we have to offer.

In her spare time she likes playing chess, making desserts and papercrafting. A number of her papercraft projects are space inspired, and through this work she hopes to reach more people and share her passion for astrophysics with the odd space fact here and there.

Based in Melbourne, Shanika is currently doing a PhD at Monash University. Her research involves using gravitational waves to understand more about the populations of dead stars black holes and neutron stars - her favourite being neutron stars, but don't tell anyone, it's supposed to be a secret!

Email: Shanika@spaceaustralia.com

Twitter: @astronerdika

Fiona Li

Fiona (or as we like to call her - just "Fi") is Space Australia's Creative Designer - having put together the beautiful concepts you see on our platform.

Based in Sydney, Fi loves books, art and walking around. With an initial interest in fine arts from a young age, she studied Visual Communication at UTS to explore practical applications of creativity to brands, products and experiences. And while she's not fully ambidextrous, Fi learned to write her first language with her right hand, even though she is actually left-handed.

Fi is a fan of science fiction, as a way of imagining possible futures of humanity's relationship with the greater universe.

Currently a design consultant in visual and interaction design, Fi is working with a range of Australian and international enterprises.

Instagram@fio_li

Technology Partner: SwitchCase

SwitchCase Pty Ltd is Space Australia's technology partner - providing our digital consulting, design, development and support services. 

The folks at SwitchCase are an enthusiastic bunch of technologists who are determined to disrupt the way people interact with technology. 

The team supports Space Australia with CMS build/management and application development, but we're also working together on future projects with machine learning and AI.

When not working, the SwitchCase team is usally found hanging out with us; somewhere in the World of Warcraft arena or participating in weekend hackathons like NASA SpaceApps challenge or GovHack.

For the record, they also geek out at all the space things we do, and we geek out at all the cool tech things they do. 

What We Do

So here’s the part where we say “we got big plans!” …. sure, you’ve probably heard that before - but in fact, we do! This first iteration of our website release, is related to news and events - so our platform is dedicated to bringing you all the latest news and events from around the country that are related to the Australian space community. 

The format for our delivery is to provide a single location where you can find out the news of what is happening across space sectors in Australia, in addition to some in-depth, feature articles - that really focus on a certain topic, business or paper. We’ll also bring you a range of podcasts, opinions and conversations that are reflective of our wide and varied communities. 

Lastly, we promote, encourage and endorse space being open to everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, socio-economic background, education level or anything else that impacts minorities and underrepresented groups. We provide a safe platform for everyone and ask that you also help us achieve this through your own support. 

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