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MEET UP with Dr Paul Scully-Power AM, DSM

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Join us to discover the incredible story of Dr Paul Scully-Power as he answers the question “What’s it like?” on his historic journey to space, and what it will take for future generations to explore this new frontier.

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Featuring guest speaker:

Dr. Paul Scully-Power – Integrator, strategist and Australia’s first astronaut (Read Bio).


Wednesday 22 February 2023


  • 6.00-6.30 pm drinks, snacks and networking
  • 6:30-7.30 pm meetup kickoff – talk and Q&A with Dr Paul
  • 7.30-8.00 pm drinks, snacks and networking


Advanced Navigation – Latitude Sky Bar, Level 12, 255 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia (Google Maps)

Space exploration is becoming widely popular

From NASA’s early Space Race involving Project Mercury and Apollo to the latest Artemis missions, space exploration has always been the pinnacle of human achievement. Among the 100 billion humans that have ever existed, less than 700 have left Earth.

Dr Paul Scully-Power was the first Australian astronaut to explore space as part of the Space Shuttle program in 1984. His truly cosmic experience, spanning 3.4 million miles in 133 Earth orbits, is an epic illustration of human exploration in the vast void of space.

We are entering a new space age, with greater ambitions to build a lunar economy and navigate beyond Mars. Join us to discover the incredible story of Dr Paul Scully-Power as he recounts the challenges he overcame to make the historic journey to space, and what it will take for future generations to explore this new frontier.

Dr. Paul Scully-Power – Bio

Dr Paul Scully-Power has a unique international background in Industry, government, and academia in the US, UK, Australia, and NZ, and is well known for his network of people and institutions around the world. A leader in applying technology, he has broad expertise in defence, national security & intelligence, aviation & aerospace, cybersecurity, remote sensing, and systems analysis & ICT.

He has been Chairman, President, Executive Director, CEO and CTO in the private sector, and has served with the Royal Australian Navy, the UK Royal Navy, the US Navy, NASA, the Pentagon, US Military Intelligence and the White House.

He co-founded The Ripper Group (drones for the saving of lives) and currently serves as the NSW Smart Sensing Network’s Special Envoy for Space & Defence and is the Adjunct Industry Professor in the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Scully-Power was a flight crew technical instructor in the Astronaut Office, Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas where he became Australia’s first astronaut flying aboard Challenger on the 13th mission of the Space Shuttle.

He is a Doctor of Science in Applied Mathematics, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Freeman of the City of London, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Senior Fellow of the International Strategic Studies Association in Washington, DC, and a Life Member of the Space Industry Association of Australia.

Dr Scully-Power has served as Chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Chancellor of Bond University, Director of the Australian Trade Commission, and Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a Member of the Order of Australia and a Knight Commander of the Imperial Order of Star of Honour of Ethiopia. A life-size oil painting of Dr Scully-Power hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.