The sharp-eyed amongst our listeners will have noted the reference to "2001 - A Space Odyssey" in the title of this podcast. Whilst certainly no HAL 9000, Andrea Boyd is one of the controllers of the International Space Station, albeit from the relative comfort and safety of Cologne, Germany, Planet Earth.
Andrea has a burning desire ‘understand the entire world’. A Mechatronic Engineering graduate, Andrea has self-funded work and study in 50 countries across six continents and is the only Australian on the planet working in the International Space Station Flight Control team.
Andrea co-founded Aerospace Futures to address the lack of opportunities and promote Australian space engineering to university students. She also helped Adelaide’s winning bid to host the space conference IAC2017.
Andrea was visiting Australia to help lobby for the establishment of an Australian Space Agency (plus some other things). Ian was lucky enough to catch up with her and her busy schedule to hear how a girl from Adelaide has made it so far in the Space Industry. And what we might expect in the future from Australia's nascent Space Sector.