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Launch permit granted for South Australia

Australian company, Southern Launch is set to host its first launch under the updated Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018. The Australian Space Agency has granted the commercial rocket launch permit to tiSPACE. 

Southern Launch's recently licensed Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia will be the launching pad for tiSPACE's Hapith I rocket (pictured); a 10 metre two-stage suborbital hybrid rocket. The launch will take place before the end of the year. 


Australian Space Agency signs with Viasat Australia

The Australian Space Agency and Viasat Australia have signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation. The joint statement will support the delivery of the Agency's Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy, a 10-year plan to transform and grow the space industry.

This statement was signed by Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency and Peter Girvan, Asia-Pacific Vice President, Viasat Australia on August 18, 2021.

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Australian CubeSats launch into space
The Australian Space Agency is supporting Curtin University's Binar Space Program, which has received a $200,000 Demonstrator Feasibility Grant for its Binar Prospector lunar exploration satellite.

The satellite, called Binar-1 after the Noongar word for “fireball”, was designed and built from scratch by the team at Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC). Its main objective is to prove that SSTC’s innovative technology works in space, which could ultimately result in sending CubeSats to the Moon.

Binar-1 along with CUAVA-1, the first satellite built by the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Training Centre for CubeSats, UAV's and their application, both launched into space destined for the International Space Station on 28 August. 

There are already another six satellites scheduled in the Binar program, each representing a step towards the ultimate goal of a lunar mission. Read more 

The Promoting Space Sustainability Project
The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, with support from the UK Space Agency, has established the Promoting Space Sustainability Project, which aims to showcase how the Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (LTS Guidelines) materialise in practice.

This includes an open call for case studies on implementation of the LTS Guidelines. Organisations can visit the Project website for further information, including how to submit a case study.

Visit the project website.

Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society conference 
The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs and Spain, jointly with the International Astronomical Union are holding a conference entitled “Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society”. This event includes participants from governments, private enterprise and academia to consider the impact of technology on astronomy activities.

The Conference will be held in Spain from 3 – 7 October, and include online and in-person participation. Registration for online participation is open until 15 September.

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School Experience now available at the ASDC
The Australian Space Discovery Centre (ASDC) is now offering a School Experience Program. Your visit will be self-guided with the assistance of our Space Communicators.

The Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of the space workforce with stories of innovation, curiosity and technology. The centre includes a Careers hub, Mission Control Centre and space exhibition featuring hands on experiences and information on Australia's growing space sector.

School visits are available for Year 7 and above. Bookings must be made two weeks in advance.

Book your experience.

Upcoming Space Events

The 12th Australian Space Forum will be held on 15 September. The event will provide the perfect opportunity to stimulate ideas, share information about emerging technologies and network with space sector leaders and the broader community. Register here.

The Australian, Canadian and New Zealand space roundtable will help to build your understanding of each nation's space sector. Register here.

The Venture Capital for Space event explores why and how venture capital and entrepreneurship can accelerate Australia’s goal to triple the size of the Space sector and create up to 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2030 (featuring Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency) Register here.



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Australian Golden Wattle Seeds returned safety to Earth
Australian Golden wattle seeds have returned safely to earth from the International Space Station and are undergoing biosecurity screening following its journey into space. The seeds will now be sent to schools across Australia.

“Now that these seeds have been to space, the next step is for our science superstars of tomorrow to see what effects the space journey has had on their germination…It’s a fun and exciting project to engage the next generation in STEM as we approach National Science Week 2021.” - Minister Porter

The One Giant Leap Australia Foundation is supported by the Australian Space Agency on this project, in collaboration with JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Kibo Research Module on the International Space Station which facilitates space-related educational projects.

The Australian Ambassador to Japan, Jan Adams AO PSM, will be presented with some of the returned seeds from JAXA in a ceremony at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. The space seeds will be planted in the embassy garden as a symbol of our growing relationship in this area.




Virtual reality training for space exploration

The Australian Space Agency’s International Space Investment initiative supports ten grant recipients to work on programs with international space agencies.

Raytracer is one of the successful grant recipients based in Queensland. Code named Titan Lake, Raytracer will develop underwater virtual reality training simulations for astronauts.

The virtual reality technology will have spill over benefits right here on Earth, including police search and rescue operations and commercial diver training.

“Imagine floating in space, and seeing the Earth, satellites, and space stations. That’s what an astronaut will see when they put on the Titan Lake VR headset for a training simulation.” - Tim Lucas, Raytracer
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