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12 December 2018

THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY TO ESTABLISH ITS HEADQUARTERS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

On 12 December 2018 the Australian Space Agency announced that it intends to establish its headquarters in South Australia. "This new base in Adelaide provides an exciting location for the Agency to deliver on our mandate to transform and grow the Australian space industry to inspire and improve the lives of all Australians – underpinned by strong national and international engagement." said Megan Clark, head of the ASA.

Read more here


5 November 2018

SPACE LASERS PROTECTING THE FINAL FRONTIER

Firing lasers into space sounds like something straight out of science fiction, but scientists use lasers every day for locating objects in space, measuring tectonic plate movement and tracking space junk.

Space junk is this year's hot topic; around 170 million pieces of man-made space debris ranging from the size of a bus to small flakes of paint are clogging up space around the Earth. Travelling at high speed, this debris endangers space services every day, threatening GPS, communication systems and atmospheric monitoring, not to mention astronauts and spacecraft.

The upcoming 21st International Workshop on Laser Ranging (ILWR) 2018, hosted by The Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) on behalf of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) in Canberra and the International Workshop on Space Debris Management and Mitigation 05 - 09 November 2018; will feature experts from all over the world discussing this very issue.

For more information click here


30 October 2018

GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY CHARTER

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Honourable Karen Andrews, this week introduced the Australian Space Agency Charter.

A brief strategic overview of the Agency, the Australian Space Agency webpage notes the Charter supports the 'development of the national civil space priorities'.

The Charter also establishes an Advisory Board to assist with strategy and monitor the Agency's progress and consultation groups to ensure relevant issues are put to the Agency.

You can download a copy of the Charter here.


27 October 2018

SIAA EVENT: FOCUS ON SPACE IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

The key players in the Northern Territory space industry will gather to hear a panel of expert speakers discuss the latest developments in the Australian Space Industry.

The Darwin Space Industry forum is presented by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) in partnership with Equatorial Launch Australia and the Northern Territory Government.

With an opening address from the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, other speakers include:

• Ms Carley Scott, CEO, Equatorial Launch Australia

• Dr Phil Crosby, Business Strategist and Major Projects Specialist, CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science

• Ms Anntonette Dailey, Executive Director, Australian Space Agency

• Mr Michael de La Chapelle, Senior Technical Fellow, Boeing Defense Space and Security

In addition to hearing from industry experts, the forum will include a Q&A session followed by refreshments and networking.

Michael Davis, the Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia said that “We are really pleased to be running this event in the Northern Territory for the first time, and we have been surprised by the tremendous amount of interest in space activities in the Northern Territory. We are also grateful for the support that the NT Government had provided in putting together this important space industry forum. We are particularly pleased that Equatorial Launch Australia is making great progress with its Northern Territory launch project. Not only will we learn more about their plans, we’ll also have an opportunity to inspect the launch site near Nhulunbuy.”

Date: Monday, 29 October 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The Ochre Suite, Ground Floor, Development House
76 The Esplanade, Darwin

Free admission but registration is required.

A similar event will also be held in Nhulunbuy:

Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Gove Country Golf Club
Golf Course Road
Nhulunbuy

Register here


9 October 2018

THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS

The SIAA was pleased to be a part of the 'The Australian Space' at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany.

Having a presence among the 6,000 people who attended the Congress, the Australian exhibit as a whole attracted wide interest among IAC delegates.

A very successful Australian Space Networking event was hosted by the SIAA in partnership with the Australia Space Agency and the ACT and SA Governments.

Along with the SIAA, the Governments of NSW and the NT, the CSIRO, ANU, UNSW and Aerospace Australia were present at the Australian exhibit.

During the Congress the Australian Space Agency signed Memoranda of Understanding with the UK and Canada.

This follows the signing of the MOU with CNES on 1 September 2018. The agreement with Canada covers cooperation in earth observation capability with Geoscience Australia, while the deal with the UK is broader and covers cooperation in communications technologies, space situational awareness and satellite navigation.

According to Dr Megan Clark, “These signings provide a further positive contribution that cooperation in space science, research, technology, services, applications and international governance can bring...”.

Discussions with other key international space agency partners are continuing.


9 October 2018

THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY REACHES ITS FIRST 100 DAYS

In its first three months since establishment, the Australian Space Agency notes the following milestones:

• Memoranda of Understanding with the French (CNES), Canadian (ASC-CSA) and United Kingdom space agencies
• Two Statements of Strategic Intent signed with global companies Airbus and Sitael intended to grow Australia’s capabilities
• Acknowledgement of the Agency from within the United States House of Representatives
• State and territory forums held to hear directly from businesses contribution on applying space technologies across many sectors
• Presence of at space-related events including the 69th International Astronautical Congress, this year in Germany

The Agency also notes:

• the assenting of the Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) Act in August
• three overseas launch certificates granted by the federal government for small satellites.

Read from the Agency itself, here.


2 October 2018

AUSTRALIA ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT WITH UNITED KINGDOM

Head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark announced a memorandum of understanding had been signed with the United Kingdom Space Agency.

The news came during a public QnA with Dr Clark during the International Astronautical Congress in Germany on 2 October 2018.

This progress follows the memorandum of understanding signed with the French Space Research Centre, CNES, and the signed statement with Airbus last month.


27 September 2018

STATEMENT OF STRATEGIC INTENT SIGNED BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY AND AIRBUS

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has welcomed a statement of strategic intent signed between the Australian Space Agency and Airbus.

With an Australia-Pacific division, Airbus has already a strong presence in Australia. The statement signed between Dr Clark and Airbus executives is indicative of the company's support for the development of Australia's space sector.
"With more than 1500 employees at 10 sites in the country, Airbus is proud to be a partner in the aviation industry and will continue our journey in the new space ecosystem in Australia” spoke president Airbus Asia-Pacific, Pierre Jaffre.

Read the media release here.


19 September 2018

RECEIVE UPDATES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY IN YOUR EMAIL

You can now subscribe to the Australian Space Agency's newsletter by visiting its webpage on industry.gov.au here, here.

This service allows you to identify which industries you wish to read about in your email.


8 August 2018

SIAA TO APPOINT AN OPERATIONS MANAGER

The SIAA is seeking to appoint an Operations Manager under a contract for services. The Operations Manager will report to the Chair of the Association and will play a key role in expanding the association’s operations in the next stage of its development. With a strong focus on delivery of benefits to members, the Operations Manager will work closely with the SIAA Board on the delivery of current programs, services and new initiatives. For more information click here


17 July 2018

SIAA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM

The SIAA Board has decided to allocate an annual amount from its funds to support SIAA member activities that align with the SIAA’s mission of promoting and assisting the development of a viable and self-sustaining Australian space sector. Applications from SIAA members for the next round of the SIAA Industry Development Small Grants Program are now open and will close on 1 September 2018.

There are two categories of funding:

- Grants of up to $2,500 to support periodic industry-related events including, but not limited to, conferences, workshops, seminars and other meetings.

- One-off competitive grants of up to $2,000 to support special space-related projects and activities open to organisations and individual members of the SIAA.

Both categories of funding will be allocated via a competitive process to ensure that the grants generate value in at least one of the following areas: promoting and building the Australian space industry, supporting Australian space research and supporting future workforce development. Applicants must be members of the SIAA.

Further information is available here and on-line applications must be lodged here.


1 July 2018

SIAA MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE LAUNCH OF THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY

The launch of the Australian Space Agency on Sunday 1 July 2018 is a highly significant date in Australia’s 60 year space history.

It is also a proud milestone in the 25 year history of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Our advocacy for a nationally coordinated space program to be implemented by an internationally recognised space agency has been heard at the highest levels of the Australian Government, leading to the political commitment to a national space agency announced at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide on 25 September 2017 and to the blueprint for the national space program set out in the report of the Government’s Expert Reference Group.

The time is right for this important national initiative that will build on our scientific and industry strengths. We congratulate the Australian Government for its foresight and commitment. The proposal for a national space agency was supported by State Governments, government departments and agencies involved in space science and research, defence sector players and other leading commercial organisations, scientists, engineers and other industry experts, the media and the general public. We acknowledge each and every contribution to the creation of the national mission that commences today.

We are delighted that Dr Megan Clark AC has accepted the role of inaugural Head of the Australian Space Agency and we look forward to offering the support and experience of the SIAA to the important work of Dr Clark and her colleagues. We wish them well.

Dr Naomi Mathers

Deputy Chair, SIAA

For further comment please contact:
Dr Naomi Mathers, Deputy Chair (0417 051 535) or
Mr Peter Nikoloff, Secretary (0417 161 822)




1 July 2018

GOVERNMENT REINFORCES ITS BUDGET COMMITMENT TO THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaella Cash's media release on Day 1 of the Australian Space Agency -

“The Turnbull Government’s $300 million investment in space through the 2018–19 Budget includes $41 million over the next four years to kick-start the agency. This initial funding will enable it to support businesses in the global space sector, coordinate domestic activities, engage with stakeholders, and help build the country’s international networks."

Senator Cash further noted the efforts of interim' head of the Agency -

"I know Dr Clark is building a strong team around her, and is looking forward to engaging with industry, academia and each of the states and territories to grow this national endeavour”.

Read the full media release on the Department's website, here.



29 June 2018

AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY HEAD DR MEGAN CLARK NOTES THE CONTRIBUTION THE NATION OFFERS TO COMMERCIAL SPACE

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science releases a message from interim head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clarke AC.

In the release, Dr Clark notes the key to success is identifying shared ambitions and using those to building international relationships.

Dr Clark's message shows how this priory of global partnerships and the commercialisation of space can enhance Australia's "entrepreneurial spirit" -

"Some may argue that Australia may be late to the party, but we are entering a time where the space sector is moving from the realm of government to the commercial world. Our Agency will be one of the most industry-focused space agencies in the world, engaged internationally and demonstrating Australia can be a leader and a responsible global citizen, drawing on our home-grown Aussie ingenuity."

Click here for the media release.


6 June 2018

LEGAL SCHOLARS, POLICY EXPERTS AND SPACE SCIENTISTS TO FORM WORLD'S FIRST INSTITUTE FOR SPACE DEBRIS

SIRIUS Chair, a division of the Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites (France) announces a collaboration of global experts is forming to address how the principals of the Outer Space Treaty can facilitate sustainable space exploration.

This think tank, made up of experts from China, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA, is expected to treat space as a common right - for be use by all but also protected.


14 May 2018

DR MEGAN CLARKE TO LEAD THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY, OPERATING FROM 1 JULY 2018

Australia's federal government today announced:

- the release of the Expert Reference Group (ERG)'s review on Australia's space capability

- the government's response to the review

- the Australian Space Agency will be established from 1 July 2018 and

- heading the Australian Space Agency will be Dr Megan Clark, chair of the ERG.

Click here to view the media release.


14 May 2018

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEASES THE EXPERT REFERENCE GROUP'S REVIEW ON AUSTRALIA'S SPACE CAPABILITY

The Australian government has announces that 1 July 2018 will see the establishment of the Australian Space Agency.

The federal government today released the Expert Reference Group’s final report on the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability. The report, and the government's response to the review, is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's website, here.

The government's media release is found at http://minister.industry.gov.au/node/1679


11 May 2018

COMPLEMENTS TO THE EVER GROWING MOBILE SATELLITE INDUSTRY

Market intelligence analyst Transparency Market Research (TMR)'s recently released report looks at the industries of and behind global mobile satellite services.

Among several findings, the report notes Australia is among the nations where domestic and international strategy facilitates the increasing demand for mobile satellite communications.

Of relevance to many of Australia's start-ups and research centres in the space sector, the report also touches on how IoT-like technologies will fuel the mobile satellite industry into further positive growth.

A summary of 'Mobile Satellite Services Mss Market' (and the link to purchase the full report) is found at OpenPR.com here.


11 May 2018

HTF RELEASES US REPORT ON SATELLITE MARKET

United States' HTF Market Report forecasts satellite manufacturing, and investments in launches, up to 2022 in its 'United States Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Market Report 2018'.

Though US focused, analysis is undertaken in the many facets of the satellite industry, such as technology, market trends, strategies and challenges.

The report considers how much market share may keel over to countries such as Australia.

An overview of the report is found here at exlusivereportage.com where the full report is also available at cost.


9 May 2018

SIAA MEDIA STATEMENT: SPACE FUNDING IN THE 2018 BUDGET

The Space Industry Association of Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s long term commitment to the space sector as announced in the 2018 Budget - see here

The benefits of a National Space Agency and an investment in a Space Based Augmentation System (as set out in two SIAA White Papers) have been the subject of detailed research and lobbying by the SIAA and other key players in the Australian space sector over the last 18 months.

Our advocacy for the establishment of a national space agency and a program of investment in space infrastructure, such as the SBAS system, and has been recognised and we now know that these programs will be funded.

We were pleased to be involved in the Expert Reference Group on Australia’s Space Industry Capability chaired by Dr Megan Clark. We look forward to the release of that report and the Commonwealth Government’s response.

It is vitally important that the recommendations of the Expert Reference Group be accepted and implemented. This will ensure that the new Agency has the necessary support from both government and industry to achieve the long term goals of industry engagement and economic development by promoting collaboration and investment nationally and internationally.

Michael Davis
Chair, SIAA


8 May 2018

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE $26 MILLION TO ESTABLISH SPACE AGENCY

Released this evening, the federal budget allocates $41 million to develop the space sector including the establishment of an Australian space agency. With $26 million over four years to the agency and $15 million over three years in grants, the budget aims for Australian businesses to capture a greater portion of the 340 billion / year USD global space industry.

$225 million also to be invested to improve of the accuracy and availability of satellite positioning across Australia.

Read more here on the budget webpage.


3 May 2018

ABC REPORTS $50 MILLION TO AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY

The ABC has reported the federal budget will reflect $50 million as ‘seed funding’ to establish an Australian space agency. Dr Megan Clark, the chair of the government’s Expert Reference Group on Australia's space capabilities, is to head the agency for its first year.

While the sector eagerly awaits an announcement from the commonwealth, the report (found here) is indeed welcomed news.


26 April 2018

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SPACE SKILLS TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN

The South Australian Space Industry Centre has opened applications for up to five space skills training scholarships.

The funding is offered to young entrepreneurs and engineers wishing to enhance their capabilities who can benefit South Australia.

Click here for more infomation.


26 April 2018

NASA'S COSTS TO SUPPLY ISS INCREASING

Upon the cessation of the space shuttle program, NASA has engaged commercial entities to transport supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

Expanding on the trend seen from CRS-1 and CRS-2 pricing, the Office of Inspector General released an audit naming three reasons NASA is facing increased costs:

1) SpaceX increased prices
2) Engaging more contractors and
3) More than $700 million of integration costs.

Among the five commendations the 'Audit of Commercial Resupply Services to the International Space Station' proposes is the significance of managing integration cost options.

The audit, numbered IG-18-016, is found at the Office of the Inspector General page on NASA's website.

A media report of the audit can be read here.


26 April 2018

GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA TO TRIAL SBAS FOR AIRCRAFT SAFETY

Airservices Australia is heading up a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) project for Geoscience Australia. The program intends to improve pilot accuracy with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to be among those most benefiting.

Read the media release here.


 

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)