Friday 10th March 2017 - 8:00pm
Topic: Woomera and WRESAT: How Australia joined the “Space Club”
Speaker: Kerrie Dougherty, Powerhouse Museum
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: 2017 sees the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Woomera Rocket Range, as well as the 50th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s first satellite, WRESAT, launched from Woomera on November 29, 1967. In this presentation, Kerrie Dougherty will explore the origins of the Woomera Range as a weapons-testing facility for the Anglo-Australian Joint Project and how it became the hub of Australian space activities at the dawn of the Space Age. How did early Australian space science using sounding rockets lead to the development of Australia’s first satellite? Find out in this fascinating glimpse into Australia’s space history.
Biography: Kerrie Dougherty is a freelance curator, historian, educator and writer, with more than thirty years’ experience in the space field. Formerly Curator of Space Technology at the Powerhouse Museum, Kerrie is also a member of the Faculty of the International Space University and lectures in Space Humanities in the ISU’s Space Studies Program and Southern Hemisphere Space Studies program. She is an elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and serves on international committees on the ‘history of astronautics’, ‘space education and outreach’ and ‘space and museums’. Kerrie has been the recipient of an Australian Space Pioneer Award from the National Space Society of Australia and was the 2015 winner of the Sacknoff Prize for Space History.