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Input needed for future meteorological and disaster resilience space mission

Under the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, the Australian Space Agency is creating a series of seven technology roadmaps, including the Australian Space Agency Earth Observation Technology Roadmap. To support this roadmap the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is developing the “Technical Feasibility Study into Australian Development of a Meteorological and Disaster Resilience Space Mission”

As part of the process for preparing the report, the following Request for Information (RFI) process is being conducted to detail any current Australian missions and/or projects that may be considered as candidates for this proposed Space Mission.

The survey will close Monday 19 April 2021.

Industry News

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EOS' new laser to mitigate space debris
The innovation involves the use of a ‘guide star laser’ to allow high speed adaptive optics to form laser beams that can track and move space debris at lower altitudes and faster speeds than previously possible.

This intellectual property has been developed by EOS in collaboration with the Space Environment Research Centre (“SERC”), and will now be commercialised and owned by EOS, with applications including space debris mitigation and high bandwidth satellite communications. Read more.

Nominate for the Australian Space Awards 2021
Nominations for the Australian Space Awards are open until 16 April 2021.
The awards are open to all businesses operating in Australia supporting the space industry, including telecommunications, satellite, energy, mining and transport sectors as well as the defence, agriculture, disaster and water management industries. The Australian Space Agency is a supporter of the Australian Space Awards.
Read more and nominate. 

Australian startup Sprial Blue partners with Polish satellite manufacturer
Australian startup, Spiral Blue, has announced that it will partner with Polish satellite manufacturer SatRevolution to host Spiral Blue’s Space Edge Zero (SEZ) computers onboard 2 satellites, STORK-4 and STORK-5. Spiral Blue’s SEZ is a prototype computer designed to allow in-space processing of satellite images. This upcoming mission will see end to end testing and space qualification of the SEZ.
Read more.

GRAVITY Challenge 03
GRAVITY Challenge is a global technology innovation program for corporates, entrepreneurs and universities to design and build solutions to real industry, social and environmental problems using space data and capability. The Challenge is now receiving registrations for its third year. Read more and register.

Gilmour and Fleet to launch satellites
Gilmour Space, the Queensland based rocket manufacturer, and Fleet Space, the South Australian nanosatellite manufacturer for the Internet of Things, will launch six Fleet Space Centauri nanosatellites on Gilmour's Eris rockets in 2023. Read more.

Agency News

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Moon to Mars Trailblazer consultation open
The Australian Space Agency is conducting a consultation process to inform the Trailblazer program, within the Moon to Mars initiative.

The Trailblazer program is the flagship element of the Moon to Mars initiative. It supports NASA’s space exploration program, and plans to return to the Moon and then go on to Mars. It will contribute flagship Australian space capability within an international space exploration program. The program will also leverage Australia’s competitive strengths in space and showcase Australian capabilities to the world.

Attend the information session on 22 April 2021, and take part in the consultation.

Australian Space Agency Indigenous recruitment round
The Agency is undertaking an Indigenous recruitment round with support from the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES). As part of this, we have two positions available: an Administration Officer, and a Regulation Officer. Applications close Monday 26 April. Read more and apply.

Agency staff recognised by JAXA
Caitlin Caruana from the Australian Space Agency has been presented with the JAXA ISAS Award for remarkable achievements and contributions to the Hayabusa2 project. Caitlin managed Australia's involvement in the mission, and this award reflects her incredible efforts - congratulations Caitlin! Read more.


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GLOBE webinar for teachers
Citizen scientists have an increasingly important role to play in our understanding of Earth’s systems and our global environment. Accurate and reliable citizen science collected data can often be used by researchers in cases where scale, tight timelines or location is a problem. This webinar, run by CSIRO for the GLOBE program, will be suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers. The webinar is on Tuesday 20 April 4:00-4:40pm AEDT. Register here.

Science Policy Fellowships
Applications are now open for the 2021-22 Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program. Are you an early- to mid-career scientist? Do you want to help shape government policy? If so apply now for the Fellowship Program run by Australia's Chief Scientist.
Fellows help shape policy decisions by evaluating scientific issues, interpreting data, and providing an informative scientific perspective to policy discussions. Application close 26 April 2021. Apply here.




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