Australia’s space agency, Space HQ, launches at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen

Australia’s space agency, Space HQ, launches at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen

Scott Morrison is looking to the stars for economic potential as Australia’s space agency blasts off in Adelaide.

The prime minister wants Australia to secure a larger share of the global space economy – tipped to be worth $1 trillion by 2040.

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“Space captures the imagination and inspires us all. It develops new technologies that improve life on earth and it offers huge economic and job opportunities,” Morrison said.

Space HQ, at Lot Fourteen in the CBD, was launched by the prime minister on Wednesday morning.

Adelaide’s Mission Control and Space Discovery Centre will launch by 2021, giving locals the chance to speak directly to astronauts at the International Space Station.

Industry Minister Karen Andrews says the goal is to triple the sector by 2030, creating an extra 20,000 jobs and making it worth $12 billion locally.

The Australian Space Agency has been in discussions over the past 18 months with NASA, Italy and Europe about opportunities to work together.

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Mission control is being established at the agency, along with a space discovery centre to show people what Australia does in space.

The government is also tipping $150 million into NASA’s mission to Mars, with the money to help Australian businesses to get involved.

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