• In matter of days, weather permitting, two research satellites designed and built in Sydney will be launched from Cape Canaveral. The “UNSW-EC0” satellite is a sole UNSW project, while “INSPIRE-2” is a University of Sydney project made in collaboration with the UNSW based Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) and the Australian National University. These satellites form part of a world-wide consortium of 50 research organisations coming together to launch a constellation of small satellites, or “cubesats”, in a world first for space collaboration, known as the QB50 Project. Credit: Defence
    In matter of days, weather permitting, two research satellites designed and built in Sydney will be launched from Cape Canaveral. The “UNSW-EC0” satellite is a sole UNSW project, while “INSPIRE-2” is a University of Sydney project made in collaboration with the UNSW based Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) and the Australian National University. These satellites form part of a world-wide consortium of 50 research organisations coming together to launch a constellation of small satellites, or “cubesats”, in a world first for space collaboration, known as the QB50 Project. Credit: Defence
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Philip Smart | Adelaide

The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has called on the Federal Government to create a national space agency to position Australia as an active player in an international market that was worth around $330 billion in 2014 and is growing by around 10.7 per cent per year.

Releasing its “Advancing Australia in Space” White Paper in Adelaide on Tuesday, co-authored by SIAA Chair Michael Davis, Flinders University space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman and Mark Ramsey from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the association said an agency and space program would provide vital coordination to exploit a growing market.

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