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12 May 2017

SPACE ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTRE APPOINTS DEPUTY CEO

The SIAA congratulates its Treasurer David Ball on his appointment as Deputy CEO of Space Environment Research Centre (SERC). David is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected satellite industry experts. David’s role will be to support SERC operations and its mission to develop and commercialise technologies to reduce the threat to space-based infrastructure from space debris. To read the full announcement click here.


11 May 2017

2017 CUBESAT INNOVATION WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE

The proceedings of the 2017 Cubesat Innovation Workshop held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney on 19 and 20 April 2017, including presentation slides and videos are now available at here


10 May 2017

OPTICAL ASTRONOMY RECEIVES NEW FUNDING IN 2017 BUDGET

The 2017-18 Budget included $26.1 million in new funding to optical astronomical research and instrumentation development and a commitment for ongoing average annual funding of $12 million, indexed, to 2027-28.

“This includes entering a 10-year strategic partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) from 2018, giving Australia's astronomers access to the facilities and tools they need to participate in advancing our understanding of the universe,” the Minister of Industry Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos said.

“ESO is a world class international optical astronomy consortium operating the world’s most comprehensive suite of optical telescope facilities located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the premier sites for optical astronomy globally.

“The partnership offers Australia’s astronomers long-term access to front-line astronomical facilities, with opportunities for Australian influence and technical and scientific input, to stimulate research and industry collaboration.

“Our decision to pursue this strategic partnership is enthusiastically supported by the Australian astronomy community and the broader research sector.

“We expect benefits from the partnership will be felt beyond the research community, by creating new opportunities for Australian businesses through international contracting, collaboration, and commercialisation in a range of industry sectors.”



10 May 2017

SIAA RESPONSE TO 2017 BUDGET

The Minister of Industry Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, has announced that the Australian Government will invest $100 million 'to drive innovation in Australia’s manufacturing sector to create jobs, grow businesses, improve productivity and be globally competitive.'

The $100 million package includes:

•$47.5 million for a new Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund, committed over two years, building on the existing $155 million Growth Fund that helps industry adjust to the wind-down of car manufacturing. The funding is for up to a third of the project cost of capital upgrades to establish and expand high value manufacturing in South Australia and Victoria. This will help make businesses more competitive through innovative processes and equipment

•$4 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, committed over two years, to support small scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, benefiting small firms and early stage researchers, allowing them to quickly move to larger scale research or commercialisation

•$20 million under the Cooperative Research Centre – Projects initiative, committed over two years, for larger scale advanced manufacturing research projects of up to $3 million in funding over three years

•$10 million to establish Innovation Labs in South Australia and Victoria to serve industry in a variety of roles including test centre facilities and business capability development, delivered through existing government services like Entrepreneurs’ Programme, Industry Growth Centres and Austrade

•$5 million to maintain engineering excellence by investing in student research at universities, technology institutions and in industry to continue the flow of highly trained engineers to the automotive design and engineering sector

•$13.5 million tariff reduction on imported vehicle prototypes and components used by Australian motor vehicle design and engineering services that operate in a global network.

In responding to the Budget announcements, the Chair of the SIAA, Michael Davis, said 'The Space Industry Association of Australia is also pleased to see that $100 million has been allocated to the establishment of an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing. The growing number of start-up companies developing small satellite missions (see - http://www.acser.unsw.edu.au/cubesat2017/proceedings) could well be able to benefit from this fund.

Unfortunately the groundswell of support for the SIAA’s White Paper “Advancing Australia in Space” (see http://www.spaceindustry.com.au/prezi.php) has not resulted in any financial allocation for a civil space program in this year’s Budget. The SIAA appreciates that its proposals constitute a rethinking of the governmental structures required for the administration and oversight of a permanent national space program and we will continue to advocate for the establishment of an internationally recognised national space agency as a fundamental first step in a strategy to build on our scientific and industrial capabilities and contribute to the Government’s Innovation and Science Agenda.'



5 May 2017

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE PREPARING A ROADMAP FOR A $2.3 BILLION SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY

Talk Satellite has reported that the Australian Department of Defence is currently preparing a roadmap for a $2.3 billion next generation satellite communications capability that it expects to present to industry later this year. To read the full report click here.


28 April 2017

SABER RECEIVES GRANT FROM NSW GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP SATELLITE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY

To read the full announcement click here.


27 April 2017

ANDY THOMAS MAKES FORCEFUL SUBMISSION TO COMMONWEALTH GOVERNEMENT

In his letter to Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, veteran Australian astronaut Dr Andy Thomas states 'it cannot be overemphasized that if Australia is really to be a player in this arena, then to avoid starting from scratch, we need to work with, and form international partnerships to take advantage of what other countries have already done...We need a centralized office that can advance Australia's interests with a firm and respected voice. Only the authority of a national space agency can do that. It is the language other international players work within and it is the forum they expect.'

To read the full text of the letter, click here.


27 April 2017

ALICE GORMAN AND STEVEN FREELAND ON THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION

What are our goals when it comes to space exploration? Are we still searching for sentient life beyond Earth? How far away are we from colonising on another planet or celestial body?

Dr Alice Gorman and Professor Steven Freeland feature in The Space Race, a podcast in the Think: Sustainability series by Radio 2SER.

To listen to the Podcast click here.


26 April 2017

VIDEO OF JEAN-YVES LE GALL'S SIAA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE NOW AVAILABLE

To view the video of the Third SIAA Distinguished Lecture - 'Inventing the Future of Space' by Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES and the IAF, delivered at the Science Exchange in Adelaide on 12 April 2017 click here.


26 April 2017

SIAA RESPONDS TO AUSTRALIAN LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS PAPER

The SIAA has submitted a detailed response to the Australian Government's discussion paper on the proposal to replace the Space Activities Act with new legislation, to streamline the process of obtaining permission to launch Australian payloads and for the licensing of launch facilities in Australia. To read the SIAA's submission click here.


19 April 2017

THREE AUSTRALIAN CUBESATS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED

Three satellites developed by Australian universities were launched today to the International Space Station as part of the QB50 global atmosphere monitoring research project.

Three teams from the Universities of Adelaide, South Australia, Sydney, and New South Wales each designed and built satellites, as part of a network of Cubesats from more than 20 countries to be deployed from the International Space Station.

The satellites will be used to conduct scientific research in the largely unexplored thermosphere, around 400 kilometres above the Earth. The international project is coordinated by Belgium’s von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

Australia's Minister of Industry and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, said 'I’m delighted that Australia is participating in this exciting project, demonstrating our world-class capability in building and testing CubeSat technologies.'

To read the Minister's press release click here

In addition, a US satellite called Biarri Point carrying a GPS payload developed by the University of New South Wales (Sydney) with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group was also included in the same launch. For more details go to https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/news/2017/04/20/biarri-satellite-heads-space.



13 April 2017

SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND FRANCE DISCUSS OUT OF THIS WORLD SPACE TECHNOLOGY

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith today met with the President of CNES, Dr Yves Le Gall, to discuss opportunities for cooperation between the French Space Agency and South Australia.

According to Mr Weatherill 'South Australia is leading the way in the growth and development of Australia’s space sector and it is our vision to position the state as a vibrant hub for future space activity and industry development'.

The chance to partner with CNES and French industry in the areas of emerging innovation, including small satellites, advanced manufacturing and data economy was also discussed.

To read the full media release click here.


3 April 2017

SPACE ACTIVITIES ACT TO BE REPLACED BY NEW LEGISLATION

The Australian Government is proposing a complete overhaul of the regulatory framework that governs launches from Australia and the licensing of Australian satellites

According to a just-released Legislative Proposals Paper, the current Space Activities Act will be replaced by new legislation and subordinate regulations. To download the paper, click here.

The review found that the existing legislation introduces an unnecessary level of inflexibility, resulting in inefficiencies for both applicants and administering agencies.

An SIAA Working Group has been established to provide industry input by the deadline of 17 April. For more information, email contactus@spaceindustry.com.au


31 March 2017

AMCHAM SUPPORTS SIAA WHITE PAPER 'ADVANCING AUSTRALIA IN SPACE'

The American Chamber of Commerce Innovation Delegation met with and delivered the attached letter to Minister for Industry and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos this week.

They also had a full day of meetings with other politicians and policy makers in which space was briefly discussed or mentioned.

The letter sets out the strong historic relationship in space activities between the US and Australia and endorses the SIAA's call for a permanent national space program overseen by an Australian Space Agency.

The AmCham letter can be downloaded here


30 March 2017

DR JEAN-YVES LE GALL TO GIVE SIAA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN ADELAIDE ON 12 APRIL

Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall will give the Third SIAA Distinguished Lecture in Adelaide on 12 April 2017. As President of CNES, Dr Le Gall is one of the world's most prominent space figures. He leads one of the world's biggest space agencies with centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana. CNES has 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.3 billion (2017). In addition to his role with CNES, Dr Le Gall is President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency. He takes an active role in international space cooperation, including his 3G policy initiative of advocating greater diversity of gender, geography and generations in the space sector.

For more information click here


22 March 2017

AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL SCIENCE STATEMENT RELEASED

The Australian Government today released Australia's National Science Statement 2017.

The Statement 'articulates the importance the Australian Government places on having a strong and stable science system and its recognition of the long‑term nature of science. It sets out a vision and strategic policy framework for science in Australia, and establishes whole‑of‑government principles that are intended to guide decision making and provide a secure, stable and enduring foundation for Australian science. It will position Australia to take advantage of our strengths in science over the long term, increasing the return on our investment and driving future prosperity.'

To read the Statement click here.


21 March 2017

LAUNCH OF 'ADVANCING AUSTRALIA IN SPACE'

The SIAA's White Paper contribution to the current national discussion on the future of the space sector 'Advancing Australia in Space' was today launched in a teleconference attended by over 25 SIAA members and media representatives.

The essential theme of the White Paper is that a National Space Program, implemented by an internationally recognised space agency, is a critical element of any national strategy for the transition of the Australian economy. 'It is impossible to imagine a prosperous high-tech future for Australia that does not include a government plan for the accelerated development of our space industry.'

To watch a video report, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcdF0f7Xp8k&feature=youtu.be

To download the White Paper, click here



20 March 2017

SIAA TO LAUNCH WHITE PAPER - ADVANCING AUSTRALIA IN SPACE

The SIAA White Paper ‘Advancing Australia in Space’, will be launched in a teleconference on at 1.00 pm Australian Eastern time on Tuesday 21 March.

The White Paper provides evidence that the Australian space sector currently has a 0.8% share of the global space economy, producing annual revenues of $3-4 billion and employing between 9,500 and 11,500 people.

Highlights of the White Paper include:
• Evidence that the Australian space sector currently produces annual revenues of $3-4 billion and employs between 9,500 and 11,500 people from its 0.8% share of the global space economy
• Articulation of the Australian ‘case for space’
• A call for an urgent government commitment to a permanent national space program of industry development overseen by an Australian Space Agency reporting directly to the Minister
• A proposed industry development target to double Australia’s market share within five years
• A longer term target of a five-fold share of the world market for Australian industry within 20 years.

‘Advancing Australia in Space’ will be launched with principal authors Mark Ramsay, Dr Alice Gorman and Michael Davis, and Chair of the Australian Earth Observation Community Coordination Group Professor Stuart Phinn speaking via teleconference.

To register to attend the teleconference email: contactus@spaceindustry.com.au.


16 March 2017

DEFENCE NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES FUND LAUNCHED

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has launched the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund, a new investment in Australian defence capability and innovation. The Defence Science and Technology Group will lead the program focused on nine transformational technology areas, highlighted in the 2016 Defence White Paper, including space capabilities. To read the Minister's announcement, click here.


11 March 2017

MEDIA COVERAGE FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S SPACE PLANS

To read the story published in the Advetiser SA Weekend Magazine, click here


3 March 2017

JAPAN ENACTS SPACE ACTIVITIES ACT

On November 16, 2016, Japan’s Space Activities Act was promulgated, establishing a system for licensing the launching of rockets and the operation of satellites by private-sector companies. For more information click here



21 February 2017

SIAA RELEASES ACIL ALLEN REPORT ON SBAS FOR AUSTRALIA



In 2016 the Space Industry Association of Australia commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to undertake a high level review of applications that utilise Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) in other countries, and to consider the potential benefits of deploying SBAS in Australia.

The report entitled 'SBAS and Australia - Potential Applications of an SBAS in Australia' has now been received. It includes a review of its utility and application in multiple Australian sectors - aviation, transport and logistics (including rail), maritime, agriculture and surveying, mapping and location based services. A copy of the report is available here

The report makes the following findings:

  • Sufficient information is now available to support an updated and comprehensive review of SBAS and a cost/benefit evaluation for Australia.
  • Any benefit/cost assessment of the application of an SBAS should be undertaken across a portfolio of applications rather than examining an application in one sector alone.
  • Aviation, transport and agriculture are the most likely industry sectors to benefit.
  • Safety is also an area that is critical to these sectors and should be taken into account in any future evaluation.

The SIAA welcomes the recent Australian Government announcement to fund a project to assess and test SBAS’s potential to meet Australia’s positioning needs. Such activities are well aligned with the report’s recommendations.

For further information, please contact:
Michael Davis, Chair, SIAA – Email: chair@spaceindustry.com.au
Jeff Kasparian, Deputy Chair, SIAA – Email: deputy_chair1@spaceindustry.com.au



19 February 2017

SIAA CHAIR INTERVIEWED ON THE NEW SPACE RACE

SIAA Chair Michael Davis was interviewed on ABC Radio's Sunday Extra Program on the new space race. To listen to the audio, click here


17 February 2017

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION TREATY WITH NEW ZEALAND INCLUDES SPACE

The Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, and the New Zealand Minister for Economic Development, Transport and Communications, Simon Bridges, today signed a treaty-level Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement at the Australia New Zealand Leaders' Meeting in Queenstown. The Agreement includes the ten year Square Kilometre Array project and a New Zealand contribution to the recently announced Australian Government Space Based Augmentation System trial. To read the Ministerial announcement click here


13 February 2017

PROF SIMON DRIVER ON 'WHY IT'S TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO LAUNCH ITS OWN SPACE AGENCY'

To read Prof Simon Driver's latest article in The Conversation, click here


13 February 2017

SIAA MEMBER LOCKHEED MARTIN HAS JOINED WITH INMARSAT AND GMV IN GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA'S EXPERIMENTAL SBAS PROJECT

For more details click here


27 January 2017

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTER SPACE TREATY

On 27 January 1967 the Outer Space Treaty was signed by an original 62 countries, including Australia.

Fifty years later, 104 States are parties to the Outer Space Treaty. These include all the major space powers. States that merely use or benefit from space technologies and capabilities have also signed the treaty in order to avail themselves of its rights. It has recently been written that "a study in successful treaty-making within the UN system, and especially against the backdrop of Cold War geopolitics, the Outer Space Treaty is an excellent example of skilled diplomacy and negotiation for mutual benefit and for a peaceful outcome" - see http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3155/1

The program for International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide in September includes a young scholars session on the topic how the Outer Space Treaty, were it drafted today, would seek to regulate outer space activities as they are to develop further. Deadline for abstracts is 28 February - see http://www.iac2017.org

The International Institute of Space Law is also conducting a Highlight Paper competition on the topic 'The Outer Space Treaty 1967 - 2017', The deadline is 1 March 2017, see http://iislweb.org/?p=1137


19 December 2016

SABER ASTRONAUTICS GAINS SPACE CERTIFICATION FROM THE SPACE FOUNDATION

Leading Australian space startup, Saber Astronautics, has received Certified Space Technology status from the Space Foundation for its innovative operations software. The software, called the Predictive Ground Station Project (a.k.a., "PIGI"), uses video game technology to enable people to create their own missions and operate large numbers of satellites with very little training.

For more details click here


14 December 2016

OUR FUTURE IS IN RUINS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SPACE, SATELLITES AND ORBITAL JUNK

SIAA Advisory Council member, Dr Alice Gorman, is quoted in an ABC on-line story as saying "The problem isn't the technology, the problem is the anti-satellite weaponry. No one wants a major international incident because of that, and there there's no international agreement that makes people feel safe enough for that to happen."

To read the full story click here



13 December 2016

ANTARCTICA MAY HOLD THE KEY TO REGULATING MINING IN SPACE

In an article in The Conversation, Prof Juan Francisco Salazar of Western Sydney University points out that outer space and Antarctica have some uncanny similarities and that both spaces are contested political frontiers. He argues that a normative framework is still needed that can oversee space mineral resources exploration and exploitation and that Antarctica provides a model to keep in consideration.
To read the full story click here


24 November 2016

ACT GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SPACE AND SECURITY RESEARCH

The ACT Government has awarded UNSW Canberra $750,000 to create a world-class Space Mission Design Facility and to jointly develop a ground station for quantum encrypted satellite communication. For more details click here


16 November 2016

CENTRE TO DEVELOP SATELLITES IN NEW ZEALAND RECEIVES GOVERNMENT FUNDING

New Zealand Minister for Science and Innovation Steven Joyce has announced a grant of up to $14.7million over four years for a Centre for Space Science Technology to develop New Zealand's first satellites. To read the full story click here


13 November 2016

ANDY THOMAS ON THE BENEFITS OF IAC2017

In an article in Adelaide Now, former NASA astronaut, Dr Andy Thomas, praises the efforts to bring Australian space capablity to the attention of the international space community through the hosting of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide in September 2017 and describes changes in the role of the private sector in national space programs. Mention is also made of the South Australian Government's strategic plan to attract space-based industries and innovators to SA in an attempt to amass a skills base and generate employment opportunities.

To read the report click here


12 November 2016

BOLDLY EXPLORING THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES OF SPACE

Space was described as 'a frontier of interest, imagination ... and money' in a report in The Wire on the Space Industry Development Forum hosted by Defence SA and the Space Industry Association of Australia in Adelaide on 10 November 2016. To hear the audio interviews, click here.


10 November 2016

SIAA COLLABORATES WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN AND DEFENCE SA IN SPACE INDUSTRY FORUMS

Well attended Space Industry Forums co-hosted by the SIAA were held on consecutive days in November 2016.

On 9 November a very successful Space Industry Leaders Forum was held at Old Parliament House in Canberra hosted by Lockheed Martin Australia in collaboration with the SIAA. Keynote speakers were Prof Michael Frater, Rector of the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales and Dr Tim Parsons, founder of the Delta V space incubator in Sydney. To read the media release, click here.

The next day 140 industry and government leaders attended an Industry Development Forum in Adelaide hosted by SIAA member Defence SA in collaboration with the SIAA. The SA Government media announcement 'South Australia eyes exciting opportunities in space' can be viewed here



9 November 2016

AUSTRALIA SECURES COSPAR 2020 FOR SYDNEY

Sydney will host the Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), which will be only the second time the prestigious conference has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere since 1974. To read the Science Minister's announcement click here


20 October 2016

DEFENCE SATELLITE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne has announced that Defence has commenced a research program using miniature satellites in support of Defence radar capabilities and to conduct scientific experiments.

For further details, click here


18 October 2016

LAUNCHING AUSTRALIA BACK INTO ORBIT

The ABC's Catalyst program today did a feature on the imminent launch of three Australian built cubesats. This was described as 'a golden opportunity to develop a homegrown space industry that can launch Australia back into orbit.' To read the transcript or view the video story click here


1 October 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR IAC2017 IN ADELAIDE NOW OPEN

The Closing Ceremony at IAC2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico on 30 September included the signing of the contract between the IAF and the SIAA for IAC2017 in Adelaide and the handing over of the IAF flag. The Call for Papers for the 2017 Congress in Adelaide can be downloaded here


23 September 2016

INNOVATION IN OUTER SPACE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIA

Australia's space industry needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Andrea Boyd, Flight Operations Engineer from the International Space Station in Germany, explained why at the recent Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit in Sydney. To read the full speech click here


21 September 2016

MAJOR SPEECH BY NEW MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

In his first major statement on innovation and science, the new Minister, Greg Hunt, stated that the Government's National Innovation Strategy Agenda is built around four principles: building our science culture and capital, strengthening collaboration, encouraging science and innovation talent, and Government leading as an exemplar.

To read the full speech click here


20 September 2016

'WE NEED CLEAR RULES TO AVOID A REAL STAR WARS IN OUTER SPACE' - THE CONVERSATION

Australian academics, Prof Steven Freeland and Assoc Prof Dale Stephens, have a leading role in the three-year research project that will culminate in a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space.

Click here


6 September 2016

SIAA TRADE DELEGATION TO BANGALORE SPACE EXPO RETURNS

An SIAA trade delegation comprising Dr Alice Gorman from Flinders University, Mr Bill Barrett from Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants, Mr Nick Moretti from Inovor and Mr Rob Debelle from Debelle Media Services attended India’s biggest space industry event - the Bangalore Space Expo and Conference from 1 to 3 September 2016. The delegation’s program was arranged and strongly supported by the Australian Consulate in Chennai.

Reports from the participants were that the Australian presence made a strong impact on the Indian space community and many delegates expressed surprise at and interest in the breadth and depth of Australian capability presented at the event.

Following his conference presentation on the recent APAC report on Australian space capability, Bill Barrett reported that "the presentation seemed to go down very well.  At the end I was presented with a gift from Mr Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman cum Managing Director of Antrix.  The Australian delegation had been able to meet with him on Thursday and I had also had the opportunity to speak with him at a small satellite workshop and on Saturday before my talk.  As he presented me with the gift after the presentation he said that he had no idea that Australia had such strong capabilities in space and that my presentation had made him realise that Antrix/ISRO should really take a much more serious look at Australia in terms of space."

The delegation received extensive media coverage in India, thanks largely to the presence of the world's best known space archaeologist, Dr Alice Gorman of Flinders University. On returning from Bangalore she said "One of the most valuable aspects of attending the Bengaluru Space Expo was understanding the breadth of Indian space industry and getting a feel for how the region operates. There was so much interest and goodwill towards Australia, and I’m excited by the possibilities of future collaboration."

Indian Media news stories:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/india-has-only-half-the-satellites-it-needs/article9062463.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/she-tells-stories-about-impact-of-human-beings-in-space/article9061184.ece
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Space-archaeology-slowly-gaining-traction/2016/09/02/article3608476.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Australia-keen-on-space-partnership-with-IISc-Bengaluru/articleshow/53987196.cms?


31 August 2016

US AMBASSADOR LAUDS AUSTRALIA'S ROLE IN SPACE EXPORATION

In an address to the National Press Club on 31 August, departing US Ambassador, John Berry, made a special point of praising Australia's contribution to deep space exploration through the deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla and said 'I mention space exploration because it is one of the many areas where U.S.-Australia cooperation has changed the world. We would have never seen Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon without Australia's space communications capability. Space exploration is also a shining example of what humankind is capable of. It is innovation at its finest.'

He also said:

'Outer space. I mentioned it once already, and I can talk about our joint exploration of the cosmos all day if given the opportunity. The key point is, it's not ancient history. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Ed Kruzens from the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Deep Space Network. The satellite dishes they inaugurated that day at Tidbinbilla make today's deep space missions possible. Since 2014, NASA has invested over $100 million U.S. dollars in upgrades to the Tidbinbilla complex, and the newest satellite dish will come online later this year.

Why? Within just the last three years, Australia was the vital communication link that enabled us to land a rover on Mars. The world has Australia to thank for the breathtaking pictures of Pluto sent back by New Horizons, as well as helping Juno safely enter orbit around Jupiter - a miracle of engineering and technology. And, cooperation between Australian and American astronauts and scientists is essential to the greatest human endeavor of this century: the human Mission to Mars. When we go to Mars - and we will - all communications will be managed right here at Tidbinbilla!

Australia's role in outer space exploration is incredible and is one of the facets of our relationship I hope more people know about and are rightfully proud of.'

To read the full speech click here


18 August 2016

ARTICLE IN THE CITIZEN: 'IS IT TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO REJOIN THE SPACE RACE?'

To read the full story click here


17 August 2016

THREE AUSTRALIAN CUBESATS TO BE LAUNCHED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN JANUARY

To read the full story clickhere


16 August 2016

ACADEMIC OPPORTUITIES IN AEROSPACE AT SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

Download the details here


3 August 2016

LOCKHEED MARTIN TO OPEN $13 MILLION RESEARCH LAB IN MELBOURNE

SIAA member Lockheed Martin will invest an initial $13 million over three years to establish a Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory (STELaR Lab) in Melbourne. This will be the first leading edge multi-disciplinary facility to be established by Lockheed Martin outside of the United States, and will constitute Lockheed Martin's national R&D operations centre for its current research portfolio in Australia, and additional internal R&D programs will be undertaken. Scheduled to open in early 2017, STELaR Lab researchers will explore several fields, including hypersonics, autonomy, robotics and command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

In welcoming the announcement, the SIAA acknowledges Lockheed Martin's ongoing and growing investment in the Australian economy which involves an expanding workforce in Australia and builds upon previous initiatives, including its anchor sponsorship of IAC2107. This investment will greatly assist the government's efforts to create an environment that encourages and rewards advancement in innovation, particularly in Australian space science and technology.

To read the full announcement click here


2 August 2016

SIAA OBTAINS NATIONAL CORPORATE REGISTRATION

On 29 July, Space Industry Association of Australia Limited was registered under the Commonwealth Corporations Act as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. This marks the end of a lengthy constitutional review process and a number of legal steps which were successfully accomplished. The Association is now on a solid legal footing to undertake the complex task of hosting the International Astronautical Congress in 2017. The registered office of the national company is at the premises of Nova Systems in Adelaide.

The seven member Board elected following the Special General Meeting on 2nd May 2016 has taken office and the office holders for 2016/17 have been appointed. The Board comprises:

Chair - Michael Davis
Deputy Chair - Jeff Kasparian
Deputy Chair - Naomi Mathers
Treasurer - David Ball
Secretary - Peter Nikoloff
Board member - Chris Schacht
Board member - Rod Drury

The Board will be ably assisted by our Executive Officer, Tracie Rogers, of Nova Systems.


30 July 2016

AUSTRALIAN-BUILT CUBESAT TO BE LAUNCHED

For an ABC News report on the forthcoming launch of a QB50 cubesat built by a team from Adelaide University and the University of South Australia click here


28 July 2016

COST OF SPACE LAUNCHES TO FALL BY 90 PER CENT IN FIVE YEARS

According to a recent article in the Australian accountancy magazine, INTHEBLACK:

- global satellite industry revenues grew from US$89 billion in 2005 to US$203 billion in 2014

- in 2015, space launches cost 11 times less than five years earlier

- Goldman Sachs forecasts they will fall by another 90 per cent in the next five years

- more venture capital, US$1.8 billion, was invested in space in 2015 than in all the previous 15 years combined.

To read the full article, click here


21 July 2016

$200,000 SPACE SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN ADELAIDE

The South Australian Government has announced the construction of a space education facility at Hamilton High School in Adelaide as part of a STEM teaching initiative.

For more details click here


21 July 2016

FRANCE-AUSTRALIA SPACE COOPERATION: CNES AND CSIRO SIGN SPACE BALLOONING AGREEMENT

The French Space Agency (CNES) and Australia's Commonwealth Government Research Agency (CSIRO) have signed a collaborative agreement to launch space balloons in the southern hemisphere.

For more details click here


18 July 2016

'A STRATEGY FOR AUSTRALIA IN SPACE'

In an article entitled 'A Strategy for Australia in Space' Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst, Malcolm Davis, argues that a 'steady state' approach minimises risk and cost, but doesn't necessarily encourage a lucrative commercial space sector within Australia, and risks Australia falling further behind in a booming global market. 'If government values innovation, it should review current policy settings on space, and consider future steps.'

To read the full article click here


11 July 2016

AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF SPACE HISTORY, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL CAPABILITY

A report entitled 'An International Comparison of Space History, Policy and Industrial Capability' prepared by Gabriele Lania, an international student from Bocconi University in Milan, while doing an internship at the space office of SIAA member, Defence SA, has just been published.

To download the report, click, here


1 July 2016

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SPACE CAPABILITY DIRECTORY LAUNCHED

A new initiative, the South Australian Space Capability Directory 2016, has been launched by SIAA member, Defence SA. The Directory contains information about the expertise and capabilities of 19 companies, four private consultancies, five universities and four government agencies with a presence in South Australia. In a foreword, the SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, says that this is the first publication of its kind in Australia and that 'through space activity in South Australia, we intend to continue to amass a high-end skills base and world class competency, and to foster technological advancement, job and industry growth, and the rise of even more start-ups.'

The directory can be downloaded here


29 June 2016

'THE FUTURE OF ARCHEOLOGY IS SPACE JUNK'

Space Archeologist and SIAA Deputy Chair Dr Alice Gorman was recently quoted in an article in The Atlantic on space archaeology.

To read the article click here


28 June 2016

ACSER CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON A NATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM FOR AUSTRALIA

In an article in The Conversation, ACSER Director, Prof Andrew Dempster has drawn attention to the lack of debate during the current election on a national space policy for Australia and has compared Australia with other OECD countries, including New Zealand, where a decision has recently been taken to establish a national space agency.

To read the article, click here


27 June 2016

A$297 CONTRACT TO UPGRADE WOOMERA TEST RANGE ANNOUNCED

The Australian Prime Minister has announced a $297 million contract for Raytheon to remediate, upgrade and provide ongoing support for the Woomera test range site in SA.

Raytheon managing director Michael Ward said it would be the largest testing range in the world.

"By partnering with the Australian Defence Force, we aim to deliver the world's most modern and advanced military test range," he said.

He said it would unlock the economic potential of the area and create new jobs.

The Woomera Test Range System will support current and future range operations involving complex, networked, weapon and electronic warfare systems.

News report:
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/27/raytheon-wins-woomera-range-contract

More information:

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22 June 2016

SIAA INTRODUCES LUNCHTIME TELEFORUMS

The SIAA is introducing this year is a series of lunchtime tele-forums on topics of importance to our members.

The first of these will be held from 1.00 - 2.00 pm Eastern time (12.30 1.30 pm Adelaide time) on Wednesday 29 June 2016 entitled 'Transformation of Global Space Activity in the 21st Century and Australian Space Capabilities'.

During 2015 Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC) was commissioned by the Space Coordination Office (SCO) of the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct a study of Australian Space Capabilities within corporate Australia. The study confirmed that Australian companies have the relevant capabilities and some have world class skills to participate in the rapidly growing global space economy and that a number of Australian firms are already actively involved in international markets.

As a special event for SIAA members only, the two authors of the report, APAC Principals and SIAA Executive Council Members Bill Barrett and Kirby Ikin, will give a presentation on the report covering

  • the dramatic growth of the space industry in the last 15 years
  • the demographics and scope of the Australian space industry including its size in terms of revenue and staff
  • a breakdown of the key Australian capabilities including satcoms, earth observation and position, navigation and timing services and
  • an overview of the industries served by Australian space services.

Following the presentation members will have the opportunity to ask the authors questions about the findings of the report and to join a discussion about the study and the capabilities of the Australian space industry.

Members can register for this event here.



19 June 2016

WOOMERA 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN 2017

The 70th Anniversary Reunion will be held at Woomera over the Easter long weekend of 2017 (14 to 17 April 2017).

The Woomera Board and Woomera Community Welfare Association (supported by No.20 (Woomera) Squadron, Headquarters, RAAF Air Warfare Centre and Defence Estate & Infrastructure Group (Central & West)), are coordinating the 70th Anniversary Reunion Event.

For more information click here


18 June 2016

CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY PUBLISHES COMPREHENSIVE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE CANADIAN SPACE SECTOR

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15 June 2016

NT GOVERNMENT HAS PLANS TO BRING SEA LAUNCH TO AUSTRALIA

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14 June 2016

NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES NEW SPACE AGENCY

The New Zealand Government has announced the development of a new regulatory regime for space and high altitude activities and the establishment of a national space agency.

This includes the formation of a New Zealand Space Agency within the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment. According to the announcement "It will ensure the development of a peaceful, safe, responsible and secure space industry that meets New Zealand's international obligations."

The space and high altitude regulatory regime will include a new law - The Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill which is scheduled to be introduced into Parliament in August 2016, a treaty with the United States - the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) and Accession to the United Nations Registration Convention on Registration, both of which are currently undergoing Parliamentary treaty examination.

To read the full announcement, click here


14 June 2016

CUBESAT SATELLITE TESTING TAKES OFF AT MOUNT STROMLO

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See also http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/australian-mini-satellites-undergo-space-testing-before-launch/7509888


12 June 2016

SKY AND SPACE GLOBAL LISTS ON ASX

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TIROS SPACE INFORMATION - NEWS BULLETIN

Published in Australia from 1973 until 2016, promoting the scientific exploration and commercial application of space through the dissemination of current news and historical facts.

Kindly made available with the permission of the late Mr Jos Heyman

The SIAA notes the passing of Mr Heyman on 30 September 2016 and pays tribute to his huge contribution to Australian space knowledge and education.

Summary Index September 1973-September 2016 (PDF)

Index - Vol 41 October 2015 to September 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 12 - September 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 11 - August 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 10 - July 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 9 - June 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 8 - May 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 7 - April 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 6 - March 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 5 - February 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 4 - January 2016 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 3 - December 2015 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 2 - November 2015 (PDF)

Vol 41 No. 1 - October 2015 (PDF)

Index - Vol 40 October 2014 to September 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 12 - September 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 11 - August 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 10 - July 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 9 - June 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 8 - May 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 7 - April 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 6 - March 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 5 - February 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 4 - January 2015 (PDF)

Vol 40 No. 3 - December 2014 (PDF)