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Australia to get its own space agency, government says

25 Setiembre 2017, 07:06 | Benedicto Grullon

Oz Is Set For A National Space Agency

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Executives from major Chinese robotics and technology firms say Australia's new national space agency will provide excellent opportunities for engagement and cooperation between the two countries.

"The specific charter and details are now in the hands of the Megan Clark review, which will deliver its report in March 2018", he said. And hopes that this plan is more than an industry development agency with added stardust. "The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential".

Australia now only has a 0.8 per cent share of the $420 billion global space economy, according to Labor. Ideally, an Australian space agency should oversee the coordination and development of the entire space supply chain.

The federal government will establish a national space agency as part of a push to boost Australia's domestic space industry.

But it turns out Australia is the only developed nation without a space agency, so now it's our time to jump on board.

"We're responsible for one-eighth of the world's surface in meteorology and air traffic control, and we've got the second-lowest population density in the world, so space is probably more important for Australia than virtually any other country", said Dempster.

SA already has 60 space-related companies. The organizers have accepted more than 20 presentations from representatives of the OHB SE subsidiaries OHB System AG, MT Aerospace AG and Antwerp Space.

Jan Drobik, minister-counsellor for defense, science and technology at the Australian Embassy in Washington, hinted at plans to create the agency during a panel session in Washington Sept. 21 about global cooperation on orbital debris mitigation.

From such promising beginnings, Australia now finds itself behind an eclectic list of countries with long-established national space agencies.

"Australians have always been users of foreign built or operated satellites for communications, remote sensing and research. It will ensure collaboration between public and private actors involved in developing and providing space-enabled products and services, and should build on some of Australia's pre-existing space capabilities".

Ms Tata Nardini is also a member of the government's expert group, and said the announcement signals that the government is taking the sector seriously.

"The space industry is like a locomotive pulling forward the state's education, R&D, industry, financial ecosystem, and overall, the economy", he said.

Although the Australian government hasn't suggested where the space agency could be based, Birmingham has publicly hinted that it could be set up in South Australia.



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