Australia occupies a unique location vital for supporting NASA and ESA deep-space missions.
Proposed changes to Australia's space activities legislation do little to inspire confidence in the government's approach to a commercial space industry.
New jobs and investment for Australia's growing space industry are promised with the backing of the new space agency. It's hoped that all states and territories will benefit from a national approach.
Many Budget 2018 measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.
Funding for Australia's Space Agency is expected to be announced at Tuesday's federal budget. It's been a long campaign to get an agency up and running and The Conversation has followed the journey.
What will Australia's space agency look like? Two experts agree it needs deliberate investment from government, and that it should facilitate participation across states and territories.
By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Weather forecasting, bushfire management, power and water supply: Australia relies on earth observations to the tune of A$5 billion a year. But we have very little control over the data we get.
There are local, practical implications linked to failed advancement of infrastructure projects that rely on expertise in space. Protecting Australia's water is just one example.