Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the forum was a long-awaited opportunity to make new connections and meet with old ones after over a year of uncertainty and isolation. The last physical space forum had been in February of 2020, just before the world had descended into chaos. Even still, delegates who could not attend this time were given the option to join in virtually and interact via the forum app.
Having not missed a space forum since 2017, I was pleased to notice how much the biannual event had expanded over the past few years. What was once an ambling trickle of attendees had become a buzzing crowd of 1200, and what was once a row of a dozen pull-up banners along a wall had now become a hall of colourful booths from government bodies, industry partners and not-for-profit organisations. Among these was The Andy Thomas Space Foundation, the primary organiser of the forum.