Introducing Phase 1 Evaluators for the Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023

We are grateful to all who submitted proposals for a chance to participate in the Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023 online research incubator. Assisting us for the evaluation process is a diverse group of space and climate specialists, geospatial analysts, and innovators from across the Pacific region. Official announcement of incubator teams will be during the Auckland Climate Festival special event on 26 September at 5:30pm NZST. RSVP here.

Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023 – Leveraging Satellite Data to Address Climate Change (Team Announcements)

Join us for the announcement of the¬†Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023¬†Incubator Teams from across the Pacific region. Learn about how the competition is addressing climate change, the incubator programme,¬†and the teams that will embark on finding solutions for the challenge. Special guest is¬†Santosh Sheshadri, Head of Technology at Orbica Ltd. He will demonstrate the¬†Orbica’s Geospatial Analysis Platform¬†that will be available to the Challenge teams in the incubator. Orbica Geospatial Analysis Platform This event is made possible in collaboration with the¬†Auckland Climate Festival.

Chandrayan 3 Landing and Implications

India successfully landed on the South Pole region of the Moon this month.  A first for India, and only the 4th country to do so globally.  Eric explains the significance of this pioneering mission and the implications of increasing lunar activity, connections with New Zealand, and opportunities for the developing cis-lunar economy.You can watch the video here courtesy of Engineering Dreams.

Space for Planet Earth Challenge: Application Kick-off Event

Join us during¬†Tech Week 2023 as we kick-off the opening of the application period for proposals to this year’s space challenge. Learn about methane’s impact on climate change, and how to participate in the space Challenge as an applicant, mentor, evaluator, or sponsor. RSVP here. The goal of the¬†Space for Planet Earth Challenge is to use space technologies to find new and innovative solutions to address climate change issues in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands including the Philippines. The Challenge Using satellite data, in combination with other data sources, help develop scientific methods to identify target areas of methane emissions on Earth. Apply and you could win up to NZ$25,000 in cash and mentorship support to further your research. The Challenge is open to individuals and teams living in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands (including the Philippines). Proposals for a chance to participate in the online research incubator that starts in October 2023 will be open from¬†18 May ‚Äď 31 August 2023. Teams in the incubator will submit their final applications for the Challenge by 25 February 2024 for a chance to be short-listed for the finals. Three finalists will be invited to compete for the grand prize awards for each category. Preliminary Programme 5:00 – 5:30PM¬† ¬†Registration 5:30 – 6:45PM¬† ¬†Info Sessions (Edmund Hillary Fellowship, NZ Space Agency, Tepuna ha¬† Atea Space Institute, SpaceBase and more) 6:45 – 7:30PM¬† ¬†Networking Reception 7:30PM¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† End In this Challenge kick-off event, listen to problem area and space technology experts talk about the challenges in monitoring methane emissions globally today, and how satellite data and analysis could help us understand how to solve this critical climate change problem. Learn about the requirements and process for participating in the competition. A full schedule of the event agenda will be posted shortly.

SpaceBase Podcast #49: Engineering for Fun Gets You Places in the Space Industry

An interview with Nelson Smith, co-founder of Aquila, a tech company based in Auckland focused on wireless energy infrastructure for terrestrial and space applications.  Nelson did his bachelor‚Äôs degree in Engineering in Mechatronics and Product Development at the University of Auckland and Massey University.  He has worked as a Guidance,Navigation and Control Engineer for Rocketlab and has been involved in multiple engineering, software, and automated projects in the past decade.  In this interview we learn from Nelson how developing a portfolio of engineering projects, coupled with some startup smarts can accelerate your career in the space industry.

ISU Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Programme Team Project Presentations

SpaceBase Cofounders Eric Dahlstrom and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom both Chaired the ISU SHSSP23 Team Projects on Creating a Space Innovation Ecosystem and Journey to the Moon: Technical and Legal Considerations for Human Settlement. Watch the livesteam starting at 9am Adelaide Australia time on 17th February 2023.

SpaceBase Podcast: On Galaxy Clusters, Dark Matter, and the Origin of the Universe

An interview with Dr. Yvette Perrott, Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at University of Victoria Wellington.¬† Yvette has degrees in BA, BSc and BSc( with Hons)majoring in Physics, Italian and Spanish. She completed her PhD in the Cavendish Astrophysics Group in 2013 on a Rutherford PhD Scholarship and was awarded a Trinity College Junior Research Fellowship in the same year. She was also awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship in 2017. Her area of research is on galaxy clusters as cosmological probes for the origins of the universe. In this interview we will learn about how her research in galaxy clusters could unlock the origins of the universe.  She also talks about a new multidisciplinary space undergraduate degree programme at University of Victoria starting up next year.


Join us tonight (9pm New Zealand time) for talks and panel discussions promoting Space for Diversity in the Asia Pacific Region. Speakers and panelists from Japan, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia and New Zealand. Brought to you by the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Japanese Space Agency. RSVP now!

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