• Mining the Moon and Mars

    Neil Martin     |      May 16, 2022

    Off-earth mining may once have been purely the stuff of science fiction, but now it’s potentially a US$1 trillion industry that is likely to be vital if humans are serious about colonising Mars or the Moon.

  • From Taree to NASA

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2022

    Walking the corridors of places such as NASA and the European Space Agency never crossed the young Jeffrey Walker’s mind when he was tinkering with his dad in the garage of their Taree home, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

  • Australia’s strategic space update

    Malcolm Davis     |      March 13, 2022

    Australia’s strategic space update should envision an ambitious future incorporating sovereign launch capacity and a composite space control program.

  • Space is the place – for war or peace

    Steven Freeland     |      December 15, 2021

    If a war in space does take place, the devastation would be long-lasting and perhaps irreversible. We must work towards civil and commercial activities that enhance capabilities and promote peace in space.

  • Boosting space capabilities through AUKUS

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 12, 2021

    A common AUKUS approach to rapid launch to reconstitute lost capabilities, as well as defensive space control to defend critical systems, would help safeguard against Russian and Chinese attacks on vital orbital systems.

  • Helping our island neighbours into space

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2021

    Involving Pacific Island Nations in Australia and New Zealand’s fast evolving space activities could open income streams and contribute to the fight against climate change.

  • The start of a new space age

    Rebecca Shrimpton     |      June 8, 2021

    Australians can take pride in their contribution to the first space age in the second half of the 20th century, but effort is needed if we are to optimise our position in this new era.

  • Australia and New Zealand should coordinate space launch capabilities

    Geoff Slocombe     |      May 25, 2021

    Despite all the hype around Australia’s potential in commercial space activity, it is New Zealand which leads the way.

  • Space startup Quasar takes off with CSIRO tech

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2021

    Australian space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

  • Radar satellites can warn of bushfires and floods

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2021

    New research led by Curtin University has revealed how radar satellites can improve the ability to detect, monitor, prepare for and withstand natural disasters in Australia including bushfires, floods and earthquakes.

  • They go up so fast

    Rebecca Atkinson     |      February 11, 2021

    South Australian nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies is heading back into space, with the launch of their fifth nanosatellite Centauri 3 next month, aboard Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast mission.

  • 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.