In the 1950s, Woomera in SA was one of the world’s busiest space launch sites, but until 2018 Australia remained one of only two OECD countries without a space agency. That all changed when the government pledged seed funding of $41m to create a $12b national space industry by 2030, to create 20,000 new jobs. Now in 2020, Australia’s about to build its first Mission Control Centre and Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science & Technology believes it “presents unprecedented job opportunities to current and future generations – something that will be critical to the economic recovery of our state post COVID-19.” The cost to create and launch rockets and satellites has decreased substantially over the last 10 years and as a result we’ve seen a boom in homegrown Space-tech startups. And with SpaceX’s successful launch just a few weeks ago, we have officially entered Space 2.0; a new global frontier for low-cost commercial space services. So what does this mean for Australia? What can Space-based tech be used for? What industries will utilise it? Where do space-tech companies find funding? How do we continue to strengthen the Aust space industry? We’ll be asking all these & more to our expert industry panel... Steven Marshall is South Australia’s 46th Premier. He’s responsible for Tourism, Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation, Defence & Space Industries, the Arts, Veterans’ Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. Adam Gilmour, is CEO & Founder, Gilmour Space Technologies, a rocket company in QLD, that is developing a new breed of hybrid launch vehicles for small satellite/payload customers. Flavia Tata Nardini, is Co-founder & CEO, Fleet, an agile space company connecting the Internet of Things around the world using a massive fleet of small low-cost satellites. Martin Duursma is a partner at Main Sequence Ventures. He has 25+ years experience as a Senior Executive, Technologist, Business Founder, Angel Investor & Mentor both in Australia & the US.