Today I joined Northern Territory (NT) Chief Minister Michael Gunner and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide to commit all three jurisdictions to work together on growing Australia’s astronautical capabilities.
As the home of the nation’s space industry leaders such as UNSW Canberra and ANU, Canberra has become Australia’s space capital. This agreement will further the capabilities of the ACT’s space industry and will help create more jobs.
The inclusion of the Northern Territory into the agreement the ACT signed with South Australia just a few weeks ago is a sign of the growing importance of the space industry in creating new jobs across the country.
The ACT has welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Government of a National Space Agency. Together with South Australia and the Northern Territory, we have been calling for national agency for some time now. We look forward to contributing to the national space effort and the new agency having a significant presence in the ACT.
UNSW Canberra and ANU have also signed an MoU today which will see the Canberra based institutions work together on furthering their endeavours in space.
UNSW Canberra, and its new commercialisation vehicle SkyKraft, is leading the development of miniature satellites in Australia while ANU, with its Advanced Instrumentation & Technology Centre at Mount Stromlo, has facilities for satellite and instrumentation testing. Together they provide an end to end solution to support the development of an Australian space industry.
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