Australia is getting a space agency

The Australian Government have announced plans for a national space agency

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The establishment of a national space agency is to ensure Australia has a long-term plan to grow its domestic space industry. Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said: 

“The global space industry is growing rapidly and it’s crucial that Australia is part of this growth. The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement.”

The announcement was made at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, and comes after an Expert Reference Group was appointed to officially review Australia’s space industry capability back in July. 

The establishment of a space agency is one of the key issues they have been examining. The Expert Reference Group is chaired by former CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark and brings together a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds. The review is well advanced and is due to be completed in March next year.     

Press release by the Australian Government: Turnball Government to establish national space agency.

Poster Image: Australia from Space. Earth Observation taken during a day-pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the ISS. Credit: Reid Wiseman/NASA

Ruth Milne

Past Springer Nature Staff Member, Springer Nature