Australia Is Getting A Space Agency

The federal government has announced its plans to establish a new space station.

We’re finally getting our own space agency.

The decision came ahead of International Astronautical Congress that will be taking place in Adelaide this week.

Acting industry Minister Michaelia Cash said the Australian government has acknowledged that the sector is growing fast worldwide and it was about time Australia was a part of the Industry. She told the ABC:

"A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry," she said.

"The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement."

The Federal Government’s decision came after the most recent review. Senator Cash said the feedback in favour of an Australian Space Agency was overwhelming.

Recent graduate of the University of Sydney's Aeronautical (Space) Engineering program, Jessica Todd is excited about the prospect of an Australian Space Agency and the jobs it will create for budding aero scientists:

“This will create so many more opportunities for STEM students in Australia; we no longer need to go overseas to follow our space dreams. It's fantastic to see Australia take its place in the global space community. “

While former AYAF Melbourne Chair of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Imogen Rea believes, the decision “signifies that the government is serious about investing in our generation of students.”

The plan will be detailed by federal labor later today.

Last week, Jay Weatherill, South Australian Premier announced his plans for a space industry for his state, teasing that a national space agency would soon follow.

“We know that the space industry in this country and around the world is growing at about three times the rate of growth [of] the rest of the growth in the world economy," he told the ABC.

Australia will join the list of 70 countries who have a space program.

For budding astronauts, the creation of an Aussie space station will inspire generations of young Aussies to reach beyond the stars, as Miss Todd explains:

“The sky really isn't the limit anymore."

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