• 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.

  • 6 space missions to light up 2021

    Ian Whittaker     |      January 4, 2021

    While manned missions to the Moon and Mars seem as far away as ever, there are many interesting unmanned missions planned by an ever-wider range of countries planned for 2021.

  • Aiming higher in space

    Open Forum     |      December 2, 2020

    Expanding Australia’s international collaboration in space should be seen as an important element of our soft power and a means to contribute public goods that promote international cooperation in space.

  • Moon river

    Andrew Dempster     |      October 29, 2020

    Researchers have long suspected there’s water – or ice, to be precise – on the Moon. New research now confirms it, and suggests it lurks in sun-starved nooks and crannies called ‘cold traps’.

  • 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.

  • 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.