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Australian states line up for slice of national space agency

By [email protected] - 21st June 2018 - 16:26

An Australian state with a rich space history is staking its claim to be home to Australiaâs space agency. Media reports announced that A$50 million in seed funding had been included in the 2018/19 Australian Federal Budget to set up a dedicated Australian space agency. University of South Australia Dean of Industry & Enterprise Professor Andy Koronios said there was a compelling case for the Space Agency to be based in South Australia. âSouth Australia has a vibrant space industry ecosystem with more than 60 SA-based organisations involved in commercial space activity,â he said. The global space industryâs focus was on the South Australian capital Adelaide last September when it hosted the International Astronautical Congress â last yearâs biggest space meeting. It was at the congress that the Australian Federal Government announced it would conduct a review into what a national space agency might look like. www.space.gov.au