EXPLORATION RADIO – Building Better Satellites with Andy Koronios

EXPLORATION RADIO – Building Better Satellites with Andy Koronios

#55 – Building Better Satellites with Andy Koronios

In this episode, our guest is Professor Andy Koronios.

Andy is CEO & Managing Director of the SmartSat CRC. Andy is a professor of information systems and previously held the positions of Dean: Industry & Enterprise and Head of the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, at the University of South Australia.

Andy has recently led a bid to establish a space industry-focused Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) aimed at catapulting Australia into the global space industry through collaborative research and development with the support of over 100 participants from industry, government and academia.

Andy has recently led a bid to establish a space industry-focused Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) aimed at catapulting Australia into the global space industry through collaborative research and development with the support of over 100 participants from industry, government and academia.

The SmartSat CRC is the biggest space industry-research collaboration in Australia’s history.

Let’s explore.



Vale Michael (Mike) Binns

Mike passed away 16th May 2022

Mike Binns

Mike was known to most people as a Robertson Research geologist, geochemist and geostatistician based in Sydney and Bowral. He travelled for the company to many out of the way places around the world and to most mineral provinces in Australia.

Later he formed his own company Minstat Pty Ltd and contracted mostly to Nord Pacific working on their Simberi Island gold project and Girilambone copper deposits (Tritton).

He moved to Brisbane in 2003 and worked for Hatch and later Nord Resources until his retirement.

Mike’s funeral took place in Brisbane 23rd May 2022.

His ashes will be interred at Cherrybrook Uniting Church, 134 New Line Rd, Cherrybrook, Sydney, on Tuesday 28th June at 1.30pm. There will be a short service at the wall for those who wish to attend with refreshments after.

Mike had motor neurone disease (MND) which is little understood and for which there is no cure. He requested if people felt inclined a donation be made to MND Australia Research.


 Frank Arnott Award – Applications open for 2023

Register Your Team for the 2023 Challenge!

Are you a current earth science student looking for career development, international recognition and a chance to win cash prizes? Then this is the challenge for you!

The NGEATM is an international mining competition that offers students hands-on experience working with modern geoscience datasets encountered in the field, opportunities to improve their leadership and team-based skills, and the ability to expand their industry networks and increase potential employment opportunities.

The challenge is open to students who are either currently enrolled in an undergraduate earth science degree or post-graduate research (masters or PhD) at the time of registering. Teams are encouraged to be multi-disciplinary and include members from other fields of study (i.e., engineers, data scientists, economists, social scientists, etc.).

This year’s challenge features a grand prize of CAN$5000 for the team with the highest judges’ score, and three prizes of CAN$3000 for the categories of: 1) Innovation, 2) Data integration and 3) Impact & Exploration Significance.

The judges will award these prizes based on participants’ scores for each category. Teams are eligible to win both the grand prize and a category prize, however, they are not eligible to win more than one category prize. With the final contestants presenting in person at the PDAC 2023 convention, the NGEATM will contribute funds for the flight and accommodation costs to Toronto for two to four members of the finalist teams.

It’s important to note each team must meet a minimum of two aspects of “Team Diversity” for entry into the NGEATM. Diversity may be in the form of discipline / specialisation, gender, nationality, culture, etc. Teams that do not meet these criteria will not be eligible for the award.

Sign up your team at www.frankarnottaward.com

AEGC – 1 month to go until abstract submissions close!

Submit your short abstract before 13 July 2022

One month to GO!

Our Conference theme, “Geoscience – Breaking New Ground” invites you to submit your short abstract of 300 words or less to be considered for the extended abstract submission process!

Key Dates

  • Short Abstract Submission Open: Now open
  • Short Abstract Submission Close: 13 July 2022
  • Early Bird Registration Open: 11 August 2022
  • Extended Abstract Submission Close: 15 November 2022
  • Early Bird Registration Close: 13 November 2022
  • Standard Registration: From 14 November 2022
  • Conference Dates: 13 – 18 March 2023

Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus Launch

  • Showcase your brand to an expected 1,000 delegates.
  • Extend your market reach beyond regular networks by engaging with leaders and key decision makers.
  • Elevate your profile through premium brand positioning and maximum industry connectivity.
  • Demonstrate your commitment towards the advancement in exploration geoscience by partnering with this capacity-building event.

Diamonds: From Exploration to Manufacturing Short Course

GSSA and SACNASP are offering a diamonds short course with optional mine visits in South Africa for those able to attend, 20-30 June, 2022.

The last half-century has seen a massive shift in geological thinking and technological development across all facets of the diamond exploration, mining, recovery, manufacturing, and marketing spectrum. Recently synthetic gemstone diamonds have taken an important place alongside natural gemstone diamonds and jewellery. Blockchain technology is coming to the fore to ensure ‘source to sale-point’ tracing and integrity.

OGG in conjunction with a team of prominent local and international experts, SADPO (which represents the South African Small and Junior alluvial and kimberlite producers), and the GSSA, is offering an eleven-part series covering the complete range of diamond exploration, evaluation, mining, processing, recovery, manufacturing, and marketing.

This course provides participants with exposure to the latest developments in diamond exploration, geophysics, craton and structural studies, kimberlite petrology and mineralogy, diamond formation, mantle indicator and fine diamond applications. It further covers the full ambit of primary (kimberlites and lamproites) and secondary (land and marine-based alluvial) diamond deposits, including the evaluation, mining and exploitation, processing and diamond recovery from these deposits, as well as marketing and sales.

Click here for full course details and registration information.

ACoP Launches First Professionalism Microcredential

ACoP and Deakin University have joined forces to move professional education forward

Professional Practice Credentials are a new way of assessing, recognising and developing workplace capabilities, designed for the digital age. It involves candidates gathering evidence of abilities and reflecting on their experience, being assessed on this and ultimately being awarded a professional credential (or ‘badge’) by Deakin University which can be attached to your CV and shared on professional digital platforms such as LinkedIn.

  • Formal recognition through Deakin University of capabilities, based on past and present work experiences
  • Current knowledge and capabilities are assessed – no study or learning is required
  • A simple online process – candidates don’t need to attend classes or sit exams
  • Expert university-verified assessors will provide independent validation and formal feedback to further your professional development
  • Credits towards eligible Deakin University post-graduate courses

Professional Practice Credentials provide:

Ethics are a key attribute of professionalism. Professional Ethics are an important part of building trust between colleagues, customers and suppliers. And this plays a big role in an organisation’s culture, brand value and reputation.  Acting ethically involves behaving honestly and with integrity, which helps individuals build trust and organisations gain respect, work and repeat business.

Who can undertake the Professional Ethics Credential?

You can enrol in the Professional Ethics Credential at various levels depending on your experience:

  • Practitioner: “I make operational decisions with an awareness of the ethical implications. I am an experienced professional.
  • Advanced: “I monitor and ensure ethical practices within my team and address ethical dilemmas and conflicts of interest. I am a senior professional.
  • Expert: “I ensure personal and organisational practices comply with the highest professional and ethical standards. I am a senior leader in my organisation.

How long does the credential take and is there any study involved?

The Professional Credential is about recognising your existing capabilities by assessing past and current work experiences. No learning or study is required.  All you need to do is write a guided reflection and record a simple video.  On average, the preparation of the submission takes about 10 to 12 hours which you can do at your own pace.  

What will I get at the end?

Successful candidates receive a Deakin University digital badge, with certified embedded metadata, which you can share through social media and professional platforms.

You’ll also have renewed confidence, as you and those around you realise what you have achieved in your work. New insights and knowledge that are the best paths to professional development. 

How much does the Professional Ethics Credential cost? 

The Deakin Professional Practice Credential normal fee is $495 including GST, but ACoP Member Organisations and their member professionals are eligible for the special discounted rate of $396 (incl GST). Simply enter ‘ACOP’ when prompted. AIG is an ACoP member.

What next and how do I enrol? 
Head straight to www.Deakinco.com/acop to read more details and FAQs

AIG Annual General Meeting

The AIG Board for 2022-23 is:

Doug Brown *
Rod Carlson
Mark Derriman
Nick Franey *
Nicole Galloway Warland
Genna McDonagh *
Doug Menzies
Leah Moore
Heidi Pass *
Kirsty Sheerin *
Dale Sims
Mark Tait *
Andrew Waltho

* New Directors

Proposed changes to AIG’s Constitution were accepted by members at the AGM. The updated Constitution is available via the AIG member portal (follow the myAIG link on the website homepage.

Thanks to all Members who participated in the 2022 AGM.