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Space tourism is coming – all you need is $250,000 and be happy to sign your life away

- May 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space launch company Blue Origin has announced it will sell its first flights into microgravity to the highest bidder. Blue Origin and its two greatest competitors in the “space tourism” field, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, claim to be advancing humanity through the “democratisation” of space. But these joyrides aren’t opening up access… Read more »

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Space accelerator Moonshot just backed 11 startups shooting for the stars

- April 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Space tech incubator Moonshot has nearly trebled its planned investments in local space startups, backing 11 ventures, rather than the four it had planned for 2021. As Moonshot beds down its space tech accelerator and pre-accelerator programs, CEO Troy McCann said they were overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants. “We coordinated a whopping 225… Read more »

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South Australia’s first space incubator program now has nine startups from around the world

- March 31, 2021 3 MIN READ

Nine companies have been selected for a place in the Venture Catalyst Space program to help them grow into space industry leaders. The Venture Catalyst Space program is part of the University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the first of its kind in Australia and a leader in space innovation and business… Read more »

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An Australian bushfire detection satellite is heading into orbit in 2022 in an all-Aussie space adventure

- March 1, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Queensland tech startup Fireball International’s bushfire detection satellite will head into orbit in 2022 thanks to an all-Australian deal that includes in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company, and rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies. Space Machines Co.’s ‘space taxi’, Optimus-1, carries passenger satellites to orbit around Earth, or potentially to higher bodies like the Moon or Mars.… Read more »

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Here’s all the technology NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, needs to survive landing on the red planet

- February 17, 2021 5 MIN READ

This month has been a busy one for Mars exploration. Several countries sent missions to the red planet in June last year, taking advantage of a launch window. Most have now arrived after their eight-month voyage. Within the next few days, NASA will perform a direct entry of the Martian atmosphere to land the Perseverance… Read more »

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Australian space company Fleet is launching its 5th nanosatellite next month

- February 10, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Fleet Space Technologies will launch its fifth nanosatellite, Centauri, 3 next month as part of Rocket Lab’s latest mission, taking off from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. Fellow South Australian satellite venture Myriota will also launch its first satellite in the same Rocklet Lab payload. Centauri 3 is part of a planned 140-strong constellation offering satellite… Read more »

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Australia’s new space boss left Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to build a $12 billion sector in 10 years

- January 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

Enrico Palermo starts his first day as head of the Australian Space Agency today. He takes over from Dr Megan Clark, who is now chair of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board. Australian-born Palermo, 40, is President of The Spaceship Company, which develops and builds the Virgin Galactic spaceplane fleet. Last year he became Chief… Read more »