Training Master Classes

Master Class: Space law applicable to mission planning (Adelaide, SA)

Date: Thursday 7 December 2023

Time: 9am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Location: Novotel Sydney Central, Watson Bay Room, 169-179 Thomas Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Join us for an exciting Master Class on Space Law, where we will explore the legal aspects of the rapidly evolving space industry. Whether you’re a space enthusiast, a legal professional, or simply curious about the future of space exploration, this event is for you!

Industry experts, Steven Freeland and Donna Lawler of Azimuth Advisory, will delve into various topics, including international space treaties, commercial space activities, liability issues, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in lively discussions, gain valuable insights, and expand your knowledge of this fascinating field. The day will be segmented into two sessions:

  1. Morning Session: Space law applicable to launch services
  2. Afternoon Session: Space law applicable to in-orbit operations

Whether you prefer attending in person or joining us online, we’ve got you covered. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and connect with like-minded individuals. Register now to secure your spot!


Donna Lawler, Azimuth Advisory

Donna Lawler (BA, LLB) is a Co-Founder and Principal at Azimuth Advisory, a member of the International Institute of Space Lawyers and a fellow of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law. She is an experienced commercial space lawyer specialising in complex transactions in the space and telecommunications industries. Over twenty years in the satellite industry she has been an advisor to Optus and SingTel on satellite related issues, and more recently, to a range of commercial space organisations, including launch facilities, launch service providers communications satellite operators, and operators of cubesat constellations. 

Emeritus Professor Steven Freeland, Azimuth Advisory

Emeritus Professor Steven Freeland (BCOM, LLB, LLM, PHD) is a Co-Founder and Principal at Azimuth Advisory and is Emeritus Professor of International Law (and former Dean) the School of Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specialises in Commercial Aspects of Space Law, International Criminal Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law, as well as a Professorial Fellow at Bond University.  

Professor Freeland has represented the Australian Government at various United Nations Conferences and Committee Meetings over a period of seven years, and has advised the Australian, New Zealand, Norwegian and several other Governments in Asia and the Middle East on issues related to the national and international regulation of space activities and the development of a national space-industry strategy. He has been appointed by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) to co-chair the five-year Working Group on ‘Legal Aspects of Space Resource Activities’, and by the Australian Government as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Space Agency.

Past courses

Master Class: Space law applicable to mission planning (Adelaide, SA)

This course will provide an overview of the legal and policy issues associated with the domestic and international legal regimes regulating commercial space activities. It will provide an overview of the international Space Treaties and the associated obligations and compliance factors associated with international law. It will examine domestic Australian space law and also provide an overview of relevant commercial law issues such as spectrum licensing, Export Controls and ITAR implications.  In addition, it will also address key issues of insurance and liability cross waivers. Delegates will receive course and certificate of attendance. Morning and afternoon teas and lunch are provided.  

Content covered
General introduction to the international legal framework for space, including:

Master Class: Radiation Protection for Space (Adelaide, SA)

Radiation is a major hazard in spaceflight, causing progressive performance degradation and/or can lead mission-ending failures. Critical or sensitive electronics must have been already radiation hard assessed or need to be radiation tested before the mission to guarantee the required tolerance against radiation damage for the mission life. This workshop aims to introduce an understanding of the space radiation environment, space radiation effects on payload mounted devices and a practical overview of the radiation assurance process from design to launch. This course was carried out over a series of two days:

The Workshop included presentations and contributions from the following organisations:

Master Class: Applied Space Systems Engineering Course (Adelaide, SA)

Applied Space Systems Engineering examines the practical application of space systems engineering processes throughout the mission lifecycle. The course is aimed at developing the relevant knowledge and skills needed to apply systems engineering tools and techniques within a project environment to produce effective space systems. Using a combination of lecture, interactive discussions and group exercises, the course presents a detailed review of 17 major systems engineering processes within three major categories: Design, Realization and Systems Engineering Management.

Course Objectives
This course is aimed at giving you the knowledge, tools and experience to enter any phase of the space mission life cycle and apply systems engineering processes to achieve practical results. At the end of this course, you should be able to:

Who Should Attend 
Systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers involved in any phase of the space mission life cycle.

Master Class: Designing Space Missions and Systems (Sydney, NSW)

Designing Space Missions and Systems examines the real-world application of the entire space systems engineering discipline. Using a process-oriented approach, the course starts with basic mission objectives and examines the principles and practical methods for mission design and operations in depth. Interactive discussions focus on initial requirements definition, operations concept development, architecture trade-offs, payload design, bus sizing, subsystem definition, system manufacturing, verification and operations. This is a hands-on course with a focus on applications. Design exercises are conducted to give first-hand experience with the techniques presented and gain experience with mission design trade-offs. 

Course Objectives 
At the end of this course you will have the knowledge, tools and experience to start with a blank sheet of paper and design an effective space mission to meet a broad set of objectives, or critically analyze proposed mission designs with insight into the critical trade-offs between cost, schedule, performance and risk. You’ll walk away with: 

Content covered: