Space

Australia is claiming its ‘first’ female astronaut in Meganne Christian – along with New Zealand, Italy and the UK

- November 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australia is celebrating the rise of women in space with NSW-raised Dr Meganne Christian selected as part of the European Space Agency’s 2022 astronaut class. She is one of 11 reservist astronauts, alongside five career astronauts and one parastronaut chosen from more than 22,500 applicants. If she goes to space, it will be as a… Read more »

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Western Australia’s first Binar spacecraft returned to Earth as a fireball. Here’s what we learned

- October 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

This weekend marked a milestone for Western Australia’s Binar Space Program as its first satellite Binar-1 lived up to its name. Binar is the word for “fireball” in the Noongar language spoken by the Aboriginal people of Perth. Binar-1 became a real “Binar” as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend. Although the chance of… Read more »

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If Australia wants a space industry, then it can’t do it on the cheap by not investing in research

- March 23, 2022 4 MIN READ

In the past few years, Australia has formed its own space agency and launched a defence “space command”. Billions of dollars for defence, and hundreds of millions for civilian space, have been allocated from the public purse to develop capability in this growing sector. This funding covers the Moon-to-Mars Program, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre,… Read more »

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How Victorian high school students are leading an experiment on space-made yoghurt

- February 17, 2022 4 MIN READ

It’s probably no surprise that keeping healthy in space is incredibly important. And without the typical resources found on Earth, creative solutions have to be explored. Right now, some excited Year 10 and 11 students from around Victoria are waiting with anticipation as their space-made yoghurt – fresh off the International Space Station (ISS) –… Read more »

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Adelaide will be home to a new manufacturing hub for spacetech companies

- December 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new manufacturing hub for space technology companies is being established in Adelaide. The South Australian government is partnering with four local startups, on the purpose-built facility, the Australian Space Park, to develop the project with a focus on collaboration and production of small satellites and their payloads, rockets, electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles… Read more »

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Former Macquarie banker Allan Moss backs satellite startup Skykraft in $3.5 million raise

- December 8, 2021 2 MIN READ

Skykraft, a Canberra space startup, has raised $3.5 million for its plan to build a satellite constellation for space-based air traffic management services. Former CEO of Macquarie Group Allan Moss, Lennoxgrove Capital and Adcock Private Equity are among the investors. The ACT-based space services company specialises in the design, manufacture and operation of SmallSat constellations… Read more »

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The race for private space stations is underway. Here’s what ‘Space 4.0’ could look like

- December 6, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new era of space stations is about to kick off. NASA has announced three commercial space station proposals for development, joining an earlier proposal by Axiom Space. These proposals are the first attempts to create places for humans to live and work in space outside the framework of government space agencies. They’re part of… Read more »

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The International Space Station just had a near miss with space junk – and the problem is getting millions of times worse

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11. Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters… Read more »

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6 things to think about, aside from the ticket price, before signing up to be a space tourist

- July 26, 2021 4 MIN READ

It’s been a momentous month for space-faring billionaires. On July 11, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Unity “rocket-plane” flew him and five fellow passengers about 85 kilometres above Earth. And this week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard capsule reached an altitude of 106km, carrying Bezos, his brother, and the oldest and youngest people ever… Read more »

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Incubator Moonshot lands $250,000 federal grant for the next generation of space tech startups

- July 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Space-focused tech incubator Moonshot has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the federal government’s Incubator Support Scheme to help develop space technology businesses. The grant delivers Moonshot a $500,000 boost thanks to matched backing from private investors. The funds will go towards expanding operations, launching new accelerator programs and amplifying support for local space startups.… Read more »