• The music of the spheres

    Kenny McAlpine     |      July 16, 2019

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel and astronomy. 

  • Microgravity research offers a niche for Australian rockets

    Gail Iles     |      July 2, 2019

    Thanks to the proximity of northern Australia to the equator and expertise in ground station operation, Australia has an opportunity to carve out a niche in launching sounding rockets to conduct microgravity research.

  • A new NASA contract highlight’s Northern Australia’s space potential

    Scott Wallis     |      June 25, 2019

    With the support of state and national governments, northern Australians are well placed to reap commercial advantage from upstream and downstream opportunities in the rapidly growing global space industry.

  • Will space tourists launch from Australia?

    Melissa de Zwart     |      June 14, 2019

    The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews wants passengers to experience zero-gravity from the convenience of a domestic airport in Australia, but how close is that vision to reality?

  • Fire in the sky

    Jonathan Horner     |      May 27, 2019

    Over the past few days a pair of spectacular fireballs have graced Australia’s skies, but what’s the science behind them?

  • The battlefield is no place for soldiers

    Solomon Birch     |      May 23, 2019

    Automation and artificial intelligence may replace humans in a host of current industries and perhaps in the oldest profession of all – the warrior on the battlefield.

  • Realising Australia’s potential as a rocket-launch hub

    Geoff Slocombe     |      May 14, 2019

    There’s a lot of scope for Australia and New Zealand to offer small-satellite launch services at very attractive prices to Asian countries as well as to our home markets.

  • Australia launches multi-billion smart satellite revolution

    Open Forum     |      April 16, 2019

    Australia has announced the biggest investment in space R&D in the country’s history, with the launch of a multi-billion smart satellite research hub led by the University of South Australia.

  • Establishing a “space coast” in Northern Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      April 14, 2019

    Australia is now establishing its own space program, under the leadership of the Australian Space Agency, and developing a ‘space coast’ in Northern Australia could place the country at the forefront of the growing global space economy.

  • Adelaide’s Dr Space Junk takes on the Universe

    Open Forum     |      April 10, 2019

    The Australian Space Agency’s arrival in Adelaide signals an important reconnection for South Australia with its significant space history, according to a new book by Flinders University space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman.

  • Australian technology could power more efficient space launches

    Open Forum     |      March 27, 2019

    An efficient and cost-effective satellite launch platform could soon be coming to Australia thanks to a new engine being developed by University of Sydney combustion experts.

  • Why dangerous asteroids heading to Earth are so hard to detect

    Jonathan Horner     |      March 25, 2019

    Earth is often in the firing line of fragments of asteroids and comets, most of which burn up tens of kilometres above our heads. But occasionally, something larger gets through, and we seldom see it coming.