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When will Australia be in space?
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.

Jun 23, 2020 08:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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