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Geoscience Society

Webinar: WA’s Moon shot: the inside story of the Binar Space Program

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Join the Geoscience Society online to learn about WA’s involvement in Space Exploration with Phil Bland, Professor of Planetary Science at Curtin University.

About this event

Phil’s talk will cover SSTC planetary research, the space missions that the team is involved in, and the Binar Space Program. The Binar program was Initiated by SSTC 5 years ago, with the goal of developing highly integrated small spacecraft for Earth orbit and planetary missions. The team flew WAs first spacecraft in August 2021. Their focus now is a lunar orbiter mission in 2026 to gather baseline geophysical data on the distribution of lunar resources.


Phil Bland

Professor of Planetary Science
Phil Bland is Professor of Planetary Science at Curtin University. He came to Curtin in 2012 on an Australian Laureate Fellowship. Previously he was director of the planetary research centre at Imperial College London. Bland established the multi award-winning Fireballs in the Sky outreach and citizen science program in 2013, which won the Australian Government Eureka Prize in 2016. In 2015 Bland established a partnership between NASA and Australia in planetary, space and exploration science. Curtin now formally represents the Australian planetary community to NASA. In 2017 Bland initiated the Binar Space Program in order to develop a WA spacecraft engineering capability, and in 2018, the Curtin Space Science and Technology Centre. SSTC is now the largest planetary science group in the Southern Hemisphere. SSTC flew its first spacecraft in August 2021. Six more will follow over the next 18 months. Phil has been on six planetary mission science teams. In 2006, Asteroid ‘1981 EW21’ was renamed ‘(6580) Philbland’ in recognition of his contributions to space and planetary science. He was named Western Australia Scientist of the Year in 2019. His goal is to see Australia take its place amongst space faring nations by leading our own science missions.

Date and Time

Wednesday, 05 October 2022
12.00pm (UTC+08:00)


AusIMM Member - Free
Non-Member - $20
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