Last updated September 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm
The scientific community in Australia is abuzz with exciting news a space agency down under.
Australia will have it’s very own space agency, making us a part of a $420 billion industry and creating a wealth of opportunities for Australian accents among the stars. Polish off your resume and start networking because you could be saying space-G’day to your space colleagues at your shiny new space job in no time.
This morning we heard from Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash, who said “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. The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement.”
Basically, she’s saying that at the moment the space industry in Australia is enthusiastic, effective, and full of potential, but not cohesive. It’s tough for international partnerships to flourish when places like NASA and the ESA don’t know who to call on. But by building ourselves a front door, we can host an awesome space house party across the nation.
We don’t know yet what sort of funding the space agency will be granted, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for a generous announcement. Figures from around the world show that for every dollar that’s spent on the space industry, somewhere between $7 and $14 is returned to the nation’s economy. Money spent on space is money well spent.
And it’s not just rocket scientists who will be handing out new business cards in the near future. The space agency itself will need to employ people across all STEM fields, as well as support staff. Plus, the entire space industry will grow as external companies will support the entire supply chain, both with hardware and software. If you want to work in space, it’s time to start chasing that ambition because it’s never been more possible.
Watch this space – more news will be launching this week during the 2017 International Astronautical Congress.
Follow all the IAC 2017 coverage, including news and articles in the lead up to this astronautical event, and daily live videos during the Congress at australiascience.tv/iac-2017.