Headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia, the Australian Space Agency is currently under the supervision of Megan Clark the former head of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). The country’s premier space agency aims to expand and transform the Australian space industry in the coming decade through the program called Strategic Space Pillars, which would open up international opportunities to expand the infrastructure in terms of competitive advantage.
Karen Andrews the Minister for Industry Innovation and Science spoke at Parkes, New South Wales, during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, saying that the agency intended to boost the size of the domestic space industry by up to 3 times with investments ranging to AUD 12 billion by 2030. These initiatives would aid in the creation of approximately 20,000 jobs, while also encouraging the youth of the country to focus more on careers related to STEM.
Further, Andrews also stated that Australia was actively engaging with NASA about opportunities that will be involved in the Artemis program: “Who really knows what the journey to space will be over the next 50 years and what we will be seeing at the end of that 50 years, but I do know that Australia, the Australian Space Agency, CSIRO, and everyone who wants to be part of this space journey with us will be involved in the opportunity of seeing Australia take a real part.”
AI, Robotics and Equipment to Play Key Role
The event was also attended by Michael McCormack the Deputy Prime Minister, who stated that the federal government was highly committed to making sure that the country looks towards science in all of the government’s efforts: “There’s going to be lots of opportunities for Australia and Australians to potentially build on what they’re already doing today … be that through equipment, or robotics, or artificial intelligence and who knows it could well be an Australian as the next person on the moon. making great progress because we’re making science real. So many young people will be inspired by what they see today and that can only be good for the future,”