Congratulations to AROSE’s own Michelle Keegan on the 2023 Australian Space Award!

AROSE Program Director and Resources Director Michelle Keegan has been named Space Professional of the Year.

This award recognises the Space professional who has most effectively shaped their business’s success while supporting the strengthening of Australia’s Space and related terrestrial capabilities.

Since joining AROSE in 2021, Michelle has played a leading role in some of Australia’s most ambitious Space projects and in leveraging Space technologies to add value to a range of  Australia’s key industry sectors with the team at AROSE.

In only a short time at AROSE, Michelle has:

  • built a strong connection between the resources community to AROSE and the broader Australian Space sector through the creation of resources members, sponsors and friends of AROSE
  • established the internationally-renowned AROSE Resources Advisory Board
  • coordinated workshops and programs to stimulate technology transfer, create opportunities for emerging Australian Space companies and identified new solutions to improve productivity, sustainability and safety for the resources sector, and
  • significantly contributed to AROSE’s program of work in the Space sector and established the consortium as a conduit for collaboration and knowledge transfer with terrestrial sectors.

Thanks to Michelle’s efforts, AROSE is now developing several significant Space and terrestrial industry sector projects that have the potential to transform Australian industry into the future and help the expansion of the Australian Space ecosystem.

Organised by Space Connect and Momentum Media, the Australian Space Awards is the benchmark for excellence in the emerging field of Space and celebrates businesses and professionals who have contributed to the development of Australia’s Space economy.


“The recognition in this award I hope will inspire others to think big, be inquisitive and unlock what you really know is possible.”  


As a consortium, we were excited to have another winner in the category of Executive of the Year – Russell Boyce. Russell is Chair for Intelligent Space Systems at the University of NSW Canberra.

Congratulations to the other finalists among AROSE members:

Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, Australian Space Data Analysis Facility (ASDAF) at Curtin University
Sarah Cannard, Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand
David Coward, The University of Western Australia
Julia Jessop, Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand
Katarina Miljkovic, Curtin University
Peter Rossdeutscher, Atomic Sky
Nadia Sarunic, Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand

See the full list of finalists and winners here: Australian Space Awards 2023