A freefalling ‘parabolic flight’ launched from Essendon airport is a leap for home-grown space science in Australia.
Australia may soon have three commercial space launch facilities
The future of Australia’s space efforts will hinge on coordination between defence, industry and universities.
In Australia, space defence gets billions of dollars in funding, and commercial projects get hundreds of millions. Space science gets only $2 million a year.
The CUAVA-1 cubesat will monitor space weather and changes to Earth’s ionosphere that affect satellites and electronics.
Australia’s space industry is booming despite the impact of coronavirus.
About 770 Australian entities are already developing space-related infrastructure, most of which are privately owned.
From solar sail-powered spacecraft, to laser communications, to asteroid detection systems, there is no shortage of Australian ideas and expertise to help NASA explore the Moon and Mars.
Amid the glamour and glitter and the mutually admiring exchanges between Donald Trump and Morrison, China and Iran were the central policy issues of interest during the PM’s Washington trip.
India’s Moon shot isn’t just about prestige. As launch costs fall, the space economy is poised to boom. A lengthening list of nations is eyeing the sky.
Australia should be involved in any new mission to the Moon: we have the interest and the expertise so let’s be part of the race.
Australia played a vital role in beaming the Apollo 11 Moon landing to the world. But since then we’ve passed up the opportunity to cement our place in exploring outer space.
Australia needs more friends, particularly in China and India, to be a force in the international space economy.
On Earth the flame from a struck match looks like an inverted teardrop shape and is orange. In microgravity, that same flame is spherical and blue. Heat transfer is different with minimal gravity.
This are looking up when it comes to launching things into space from Australia. The rules on what can be launched are currently under review and open for comment.
The headquarters of the Australian Space Agency will be in Adelaide. So how did we get to this point? Here are ten essential reads to fill you in.
If the Australian space industry is to grow and create thousands of jobs then we need new policy around satellites to meet the challenges involved.
Let’s launch Australian satellites on Australian rockets from Australian sites, and operate them from Australian facilities.
We’ve launched rockets from Woomera in South Australia, but in reality Australia could support multiple launch sites. And the closer to the equator, typically the better.
Australia occupies a unique location vital for supporting NASA and ESA deep-space missions.