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Old 13th July 2017, 8:31 PM   #1
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Australia could soon have its own space agency, with the Government today announcing a review into Australia's space capabilities.
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Old 13th July 2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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I'm not holding my breath for adequate funding.
Well, if we're going to have Elon Musk down here building his giant battery, we can ask him to build some rockets too.

I wonder to what extent Australia might be able to attract companies like SpaceX simply on the basis of "we've got a bunch of empty land and we'll let you have it for a dollar". Especially for plans as grand as SpaceX's (lots of satellites for global internet, lots of launches to prepare supplies for Mars) just being able to do everything on land (no more barges, the rockets can land wherever they want in the middle of the desert) without bothering anybody could be a bit of a drawcard.
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... Is there any point in us having our own Space Program? Would we not be better off being a part of a team with other countries?
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I doubt that there's any intention of actually giving Australia a "complete" space program (ie Australian made and designed rockets launching Australian made and designed satellites).

More likely when NASA (and others) do something like the ISS or the James Webb telescope, Australia will be able to put its hand up for "we'll design and build <some part of one module> in exchange for improved access to the data!" Maybe we'll do some partially home-grown satellites (probably a bunch of off-the-shelf systems from US vendors with a bit of Australian hardware added) to be launched on other peoples' rockets.
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... Is there any point in us having our own Space Program? Would we not be better off being a part of a team with other countries?
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I doubt that there's any intention of actually giving Australia a "complete" space program (ie Australian made and designed rockets launching Australian made and designed satellites).

More likely when NASA (and others) do something like the ISS or the James Webb telescope, Australia will be able to put its hand up for "we'll design and build <some part of one module> in exchange for improved access to the data!" Maybe we'll do some partially home-grown satellites (probably a bunch of off-the-shelf systems from US vendors with a bit of Australian hardware added) to be launched on other peoples' rockets.
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