Local businesses, students and families are being encouraged to “think big” and benefit from a renewed interest in space exploration and technology.
The Morrison Government is positioning Australia for lift-off with a $150 million investment into businesses and new technologies that will support NASA on its inspirational campaign to return to the Moon and travel to Mars.
The five year investment will see the Australian Space Agency foster the new ideas and hi-tech skilled jobs that will make Australian businesses a partner of choice to fit out NASA missions.
“The investment is all about jobs here in Australia – it’s part of our plan to triple the size of Australia’s space sector and create 20,000 new jobs,” Member for Groom John McVeigh said.
“That means expansion opportunities for our tech businesses, and it means career opportunities for our young people. We all know that STEM study is so important as we compete in a tech-driven, global economy.
“I hope this new funding for space technology fires the imaginations of our local young people and gets them more engaged with very real careers paths in the sector.”
Dr McVeigh said the new funding would support Australian businesses to become more competitive in international space supply chains and to increase Australia’s share in a growing US$350 billion global space market.
“Australian businesses and researchers will have the opportunity to showcase their immense knowledge and capabilities in projects that can support NASA’s Moon to Mars mission, such as Project Artemis and the Lunar Gateway.”
Dr McVeigh said the focus on space exploration comes at a good time in our region with the University of Southern Queensland recently launching a new Astronomical and Space Sciences degree.
“This exciting new degree combines the fascination of astronomy with the opportunity to develop in-demand expertise in physics, mathematics, statistics, computing and data science,” he said.
Dr McVeigh said space exploration and technology would undoubtedly result in new technologies and benefits with much wider applications.
“Today space technologies boost a variety of industries including our farmers who use space capabilities to monitor the health of their crops and the location of their stock. Emergency workers use it to track bushfires and scientists to study the effects and impact of droughts.”
“The Apollo mission resulted in many spin-off benefits for humankind including kidney dialysis, more advanced computing and food preparation technologies.”
“The quest for scientific advancement and exploration always yields dividends and I encourage local young people in particular to engage in the opportunities this exciting sector brings.”