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At Last, an Australian Space Agency?

Dante_J (226787) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Dante_J writes "In the Australian Federal budget presented last night, as well as big national infrastructure spending, an amount of $48.6 million over four years was allocated for an "Australian Space Science Program". Normally a Space Program is managed by a Space Agency. Does this now mean that Australian will follow the recommendations of the Senate Space Science report and give up it's rather inadequate title of the only top 20 GDP nation not to have one? With nations like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Bulgaria forming or maintaining Space Agencies, this government infrastructure is obviously not limited to G-20 nations. Discussions to combine Australian and New Zealand airspace have been undertaken, should that translate to aerospace too, and both nations form an ANZAC Space Agency together?"

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Great Concept...However (1)

Pyrmontvillage (1535329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27934943)

There are far more pressing matters the Federal Government could spend money. National Broadband Infrastructure for a start.

No Space Agency (1)

Eddy Luten (1166889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27938755)

With $12.15M/year you can't start up a space agency, maybe you could build a telescope or open up a museum.

Re:No Space Agency (1)

jonoxer (547509) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945725)

Not true. By "space agency" we're not talking about financing a mission to Mars, we're just talking about a central body to act as a contact / coordination point for the various initiatives already being undertaken independently by commercial, hobbyist, and educational research groups. Ideally it would be far more than that, of course, but right now Australia doesn't have *anything* in terms of a central reference body for space science. Even if it simply meant having a small federal office somewhere with some permanent staff to provide liaison services between Australian space initiatives and overseas space agencies that would be a huge step forward from where we are now - which is nowhere.
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