Join Victorian trained aerospace engineer Mark Fittock for a discussion on Victoria's contribution to the global space industry.
Mark Fittock was involved in NASA’s recent InSight mission to Mars; Insight, (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is the first robotic explorer to study the interior structure of Mars. Mark’s creation “Susanna” is the probe which burrowed 5m below the surface.
Mark will be joined by a panel of Australian aerospace experts discussing the global space industry and Victoria’s involvement. Victoria’s space industry employs 2,300 people, generates $400 million in revenue and is ideally placed to capture a significant share of the global market which is forecast to be worth more than $1 trillion by 2040.
Peter has over 20 years experience in international technology design and consulting from establishing global start up companies that provide a follow the sun solution to streamlining global fortune 500 companies operations. Peter’s involvement in space engineering projects spans 15+ years. He has been involved in designing and delivering on an optical microscope probe for an ESA Mars rover mission and 13+ years working in partnership with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Institute for Optical Sensor Systems on micro-satellite related projects.
Most recently, as a part of his role in the Engineering Department of La Trobe University, he secured a contract to co-design and build mission critical control systems for the DLR Earth Sensing and Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS). The DESIS hyper-spectral instrument, a commercial venture, was successfully launched and installed on the International Space Station in June 2018.
Mark Fittock is an Australian space engineer who moved to Europe in 2007 to pursue his passion for space. He began at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) running a programme to launch student experiments on rockets and balloons. There, he also developed and built the surface segment for DLR’s HP3 experiment for NASA’s Insight mission, a digging probe that landed on Mars at the end of November in 2018.
He currently works at OHB in Bremen as Project Manager and System Engineer on future Exploration and Science Missions including ESA’s HERA mission that shall investigate the effect of impacting asteroids as a part of the joint NASA/ESA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment study.
Mathew Bricalli is a passionate aerospace research and development engineer in the field of rocket and high-speed air-breathing propulsion. He currently works as a Research Fellow and Team Lead with RMIT on a Cooperative-Research-Centre Project that aims to develop the next generation propulsion technologies for high-speed aircraft.
Prior to this role, Mathew worked as the Propulsion System Analyst with the orbital rocket start-up RocketLab during the research and development stage of the Electron Launch Vehicle. In this role he helped to refine and optimise Rutherford rocket engine’s main propulsion components, such as the main combustion chamber, regenerative cooling systems, electropumps, injectors and nozzle extension. This work was recently recognised with the Rocketlab propulsion team, of which Mathew was named, being awarded the 2018 Royal Aeronautical Society Gold medal for contributions to innovation, art and science.
To date, Rocketlab have had 3 successful missions that have delivered payload into Low Earth Orbit. Mathew holds a PhD conferred by the University of Queensland, Centre for Hypersonics. Mathew also teaches the subject of Thermofluids and Propulsion at RMIT.
Dr Rebecca Allen – Swinburne Representative
Dr Rebecca Allen completed her PhD in astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology. Galaxies are enormous structures that contain vast amounts of stars, planets, dust, gas, and even mysterious dark matter. Dr Allen's research focuses on understanding how galaxies grow and evolve with time, going all the way back to when the Universe was barely a billion years old. To comprehend how these giant systems change with time she uses data from telescopes across the world and even the Hubble Space Telescope.
When she is not studying galaxies, she uses her expertise and enthusiasm to communicate the wonders of the Universe to others and create unique learning experiences for students. Some of her recent efforts in this area include school engagement for Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and public engagement for National Science Week through the virtual astronomy experience, SciVR. She even gets to help secondary students design, build, and program their own.
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