Australia’s space industry: the new jobs frontier
July 22, 2019
As Australia and the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, the Morrison Government is working to make space the new jobs frontier.
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the Australian Space Agency, established by the government last year, would help triple the size of the industry.
“The Coalition government saw the potential in space and has launched us toward an industry that’ll be worth $12 billion a
year and create up to 20,000 new jobs by 2030,” Minister Price said.
“As we celebrate Australia’s involvement in an event that inspired so many people, it’s fitting that the Morrison Government is backing space discovery and technology and helping provide a pathway for more jobs in this important sector.
“Whilst celebrating 50 years since the moon landing, we must of course, acknowledge the staff of the time at the Carnarvon Tracking Station that played such an integral role in getting man on the moon.
“Fifty years ago, Carnarvon, a sleepy little town in my electorate of Durack, became a critical part of the Apollo moon missions after NASA was commissioned to build a space tracking station on the opposite side of the world to its launch site at Cape Canaveral in the US,” said the Minister.
“It is now the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum and space is now so much more than launch, inspiring generations to think bigger.”
Minister Price said investing over $383 million in Australia’s space industry was part of the Government’s broader plan to boost the economy and help create a further 1.25 million jobs in the next five years.
Projects and activities currently under way in Durack in the space field include:
- Ground stations - the ESA deep space tracking station at New Norcia, and the Swedish Space Corporation Western Australian Space Centre at Yarragadee;
- Capricorn Space Australian Ground Network at Mingenew;
- Optical space surveillance facility at Learmonth;
- Space surveillance facilities at Exmouth; and
- Airbus Zephyr flight base at Wyndham.
And in December 2015, the Australian Government committed $294 million under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to support Australia co-hosting the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.
Minister Price said the Apollo mission developed technology that improved kidney dialysis, home insulation, athletic shoes, water filtration and food preservation.
“Today space technologies boost a variety of industries including agriculture where farmers use space capabilities to monitor the health of their crops, marine pilots guiding cruise liners, emergency workers tracking the progress of bushfires, and scientists who study the effects and impact of droughts.”
She said the Government was also using the Space Agency to inspire young Australians to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
“In the same way the Apollo 11 mission inspired many young kids to think big when it came to their futures, the Space Agency will show our kids of today the potential of a career in space,” she said.