The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies are on the cusp of offering trips off Earth for those who can pay.
Over the coming decade, the arrival of constellations of small satellites will reshape the space industry. It constitutes a paradigm shift, particularly in terms of data gathering and processing.
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.
Australia is a member of the 1979 Moon Treaty, which sets rules for resource extraction from outer space. Now that the Trump administration is eyeing moon mining, will Australian companies join in?
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 needs more friends, particularly in China and India, to be a force in the international space economy.
Let's launch Australian satellites on Australian rockets from Australian sites, and operate them from Australian facilities.
British space firms would get a shot in the arm from building a new GPS-style system if the UK is shut out of the EU's programme.
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.
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.
Australia's space sector responded positively to today's federal government commitment to a space agency. Our experts explain what must come next.
We don't need another review of Australia's space industry, we just need a space agency.
Australia's hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years.
Increasing Australia's role in the billion-dollar global space industry has hardly raised a mention in this year's federal election campaign.
The millions we spend on the space industry don't go up in smoke: they pay for jobs, services, new technology and much more.