• Bringing reusable rockets to Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 21, 2021

    The development of re-useable rockets brings the promise of rapid, low-cost access to space a step closer, and increases the attractiveness of Australia as a potential launch site for both civilian and military purposes.

  • All eyes on Taiwan

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 15, 2021

    Having isolated Taiwan on the international stage through political and economic pressure, Communist China is stepping up ‘grey zone’ and military operations and seems intent on invasion.

  • The West must defend Taiwan

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 12, 2021

    To turn away from a fellow democracy under threat from an aggressive authoritarian neighbour would make a mockery of the values we advocate and lower our credibility in the eyes of many developing countries.

  • Seven sisters into space

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 1, 2021

    A consortium of companies in South Australia, led by small-satellite developer Fleet Space Technologies, is preparing for a series of missions to the moon as well as planning for future missions to Mars.

  • Australia’s rising star in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      January 16, 2021

    Australia is one of eight nations to commit to the Artemis Accords, an agreement setting out principles for cooperation in civil exploration and peaceful use of the moon, Mars, near-earth comets and asteroids.

  • Manufacturing initiative risks squandering Australia’s opportunity in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 28, 2020

    Although space technology is noted as a priority in the Government’s “modern manufacturing initiative”, an old fashioned approach to projects may not be enough to boost the growth in capability we need.

  • Ready for lift-off?

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 10, 2020

    The release last week of Australia’s defence strategic update, and its accompanying force structure plan, gives this nation the opportunity to align its defence space policy with that of the US.

  • Are manned fighters obsolete?

    Malcolm Davis     |      March 12, 2020

    Elon Musk has told an American Air Force conference that ‘the fighter jet era has passed’. The British Defence Minister Duncan Sandys said the same thing in 1957, launching a disastrous white paper which destroyed much of the British aircraft industry. Is Musk right this time? Or is he making the same mistake of 63 years ago?

  • Spy games in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 14, 2020

    Space is ‘contested, congested and competitive’ and superpower conflicts in orbit are intensifying, with Russian, Chinese and American craft trailing and even threatening each other.

  • Australia needs a northern launch platform

    Malcolm Davis     |      December 22, 2019

    Australia is well placed to launch payloads into space from its far north, given its proximity to the equator, and a northern launch centre could help boost the nation’s space and technology industry.

  • Will “Space 2.0” lead to conflict in orbit?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 20, 2019

    The use of cube-sats and other low cost options in orbit could see a range of nation states expand their military options in orbit.

  • Space 2060

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 20, 2019

    Australia must make sure that its interests are protected as the major powers establish some kind of rules-based order for a new era in human space activity.