Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brett Biddington appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

In the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list Brett Biddington has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for:

 "service to the space sector, particularly through national policy and industry development, science and education support, and through governance of astronomy programs."

Brett has worked tirelessly over many years, and thoroughly deserves the honour and recognition of such a prestigious award.

Brett spent nearly 23 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, after which he became a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team that was responsible for developing the Internet Router In Space (IRIS) program, which led to a software router being launched into space.

He has served or currently serves on nearly every Board, Committee and Council in the Australian Space Industry, including chairman of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Space Industry Innovation Council, the Australian Telescope Steering Committee, the Kokoda foundation, ASRI, and he is an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia (just to name a few).

Brett is also completing a PhD with the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, and spent many years working closely on the Square Kilometer Array project, which Australia was recently jointly awarded.

He has been a strong driving force in recent years behind the resurgence in Australian Space activities, and he has worked tirelessly to help form the upcoming Australian National Space Policy.

Brett - Thankyou for all of your hard work, and congratulations on your award!

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