Government announces creation of national space agency

25th Sept 2017

The federal government has announced that it will establish a new national agency to grow Australia’s domestic space industry.

Senator Michaelia Cash, the acting Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science, announced the initiative on Monday morning ahead of her keynote address at the International Astronomical Congress in Adelaide.

The federal government has announced the creation of a National Space Agency.

“The global space industry is growing rapidly and it’s crucial that Australia is part of this growth,” she said.

“A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry.
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“The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement.”

The Australian National University in Canberra was quick to signal its interest in playing a “key role” in the proposed agency.

“ANU is a national resource with leading facilities which drive Australia’s research, as well as space industry and technology,” vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said.
“ANU global research and industry collaborations are helping to make space safer for space travel and satellites, and driving new technologies to develop the communications, instruments and space plasma thrusters for future space missions.”

The government made its announcement on the same day the Labor party outlined its own plans to boost Australia’s space industry through the establishment of a space science and industry agency from 2020.



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