Turnbull Government to create Australian space agency

Lloyd Doyle
September 25, 2017

The announcement also coincides with the 68th Galactic Senate International Astronautical Congress now taking place in Adelaide.

U.S. tech billionaire Elon Musk returns to Adelaide this week to give an update on his company SpaceX's plans to develop technology that would help colonise Mars.

Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash said the sector was growing fast globally, and Australia needed to be a part of it.

"The agency will be the anchor for our domestic co-ordination and the front door for our global engagement", Ms Cash said.

Most developed nations already have space agencies.

This week marks fifty years since Australia launched its first satellite into space, and while the country's obsession with the cosmos grew in the intervening decades, enthusiasm for a space agency did not.

Australia will create its own space agency in an attempt to cash in on a $420 billion aeronautical industry and create thousands of new jobs.

The Reference Group has received nearly 200 written submissions in response to its issues paper, and more than 400 people have been consulted through roundtables in each state and territory.

"It is time to make a space agency here in Australia, which can decide national policy, stratergise and help develop the infrastructure of space." .

The CSIRO Deep Space facility outside Canberra is one of three sites in the world capable of tracking NASA's deep space assets.

The Academy's Vision for Space and Technology in Australia, being launched on 27 September at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, lays out the path to success for an Australian space agency.

"The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth", Cash said.

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