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#Official Space Thread

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:44 am
by rev
Adelaide to host Australia's space agency
DECEMBER 12, 201812:01am
Australian Associated Press
Australia's new space agency will be based in Adelaide, reinforcing South Australia as a hub for innovation and technology, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

The PM says the Australian space sector is set to reach new heights and the agency will open doors for local businesses to access the $US345 billion global space industry.

"Our government's $41 million investment into the agency will act as a launching pad to triple Australia's space economy to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs by 2030," Mr Morrison said.

“This agency is part of our plan for a stronger economy for South Australia and the country which is about delivering long-term, high-wage, high-skills jobs."

Premier Steven Marshall said South Australia was the ideal location for the space agency with a range of local businesses already established along with a rapidly growing defence sector.

"Establishing the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency in South Australia will launch our space and defence sectors to the next level," he said.

Federal Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said Adelaide was selected to host the agency after putting forward the strongest case.

"South Australia is already home to more than 60 organisations and 800 employees in the space sector and this decision builds on the very strong technology and defence presence in the state," she said.

"We are committed to growing Australia's space sector and our government is also investing $260 million to develop world-leading satellite capabilities and to significantly increase GPS accuracy in our cities and regional areas."

The Australian Space Agency will be located at Lot Fourteen on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site by mid-2019, creating 20 jobs.

South Australia's connection to the space industry dates back to just after World War II with the Woomera Rocket Range established in the state's north in 1947.

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaki ... 0bf5eaadd5

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 am
by [Shuz]
Not that a nation of 25 million people needs it's own space agency, but this is good news for jobs and the local economy. I'm assuming this will be headquartered at Lot 14?

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:49 am
by Norman
[Shuz] wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 am
Not that a nation of 25 million people needs it's own space agency, but this is good news for jobs and the local economy. I'm assuming this will be headquartered at Lot 14?
New Zealand has a national space agency, and their population is much smaller than ours!

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm
by claybro
Some great news stories coming out of SA at present.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 am
by rhino
claybro wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm
Some great news stories coming out of SA at present.
Yes, there are, but they have been for the previous 16 years too .....

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:04 am
by new improved ghs
rhino wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 am
claybro wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm
Some great news stories coming out of SA at present.
Yes, there are, but they have been for the previous 16 years too .....
This *feels* different though. Like something's really changing this time. Boy I hope so.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:32 pm
by Waewick
rhino wrote:
claybro wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm
Some great news stories coming out of SA at present.
Yes, there are, but they have been for the previous 16 years too .....
Yes, I've met a lot of them.

Most have good jobs in Sydney and Melbourne now.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:10 pm
by rev
[Shuz] wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 am
Not that a nation of 25 million people needs it's own space agency, but this is good news for jobs and the local economy. I'm assuming this will be headquartered at Lot 14?
Why not? That's like saying we don't need a police force, just let some random groups do the policing work.
A space agency brings all the companies and people involved in the space industry under one umbrella. The benefits of that are huge.

Also, this..
British billionaire Richard Branson eyes South Australian space launch pad to send passengers into orbit
Stacey Lee, Sky News, The Advertiser
December 14, 2018 5:13pm
Subscriber only


The man leading the charge to take passengers into orbit is looking at South Australia as a potential destination to establish a launch site for his passenger spacecraft.

Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson wants to collaborate with the state to send paying travellers into space.

“I would love for our third space port to be built in Australia and to be able to take some of our Virgin Galactic spaceships to Australia and operate them from Australia,” Sir Richard told Sky News.

“I’m sure that’s something our team will be talking to your Space Agency about and hopefully it’s one of the first things that we’ll be able to accomplish together.”

Premier Steven Marshall welcomed Sir Richard’s pledge.

“South Australia is now getting international interest from leading entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, who are looking into opportunities in the space sector,” Mr Marshall said.

“This is just an indication of the worldwide interest we are receiving and the tip of the iceberg. Our state now has an enormous competitive advantage by having the national space agency in Adelaide.”
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sou ... d1eafe4ffe

Re: Official Space Thread

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:30 pm
by Norman
I have created a new Space thread to discuss all things space.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:43 am
by ml69
new improved ghs wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:04 am
rhino wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 am
claybro wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm
Some great news stories coming out of SA at present.
Yes, there are, but they have been for the previous 16 years too .....
This *feels* different though. Like something's really changing this time. Boy I hope so.
I think we need to stop thinking that one massive project (eg Olympic Dam) or a new industry (eg Space) will turn our economy around from decades of relative decline vs the rest of Australia.

However, with the space industry, we now have another pillar to build the state economy. When we collectively combine these pillars such as defence, shipbuilding, space, viticulture, agriculture, renewable energy, tourism and mining ... then we see that SA has robust economic pillars which have a bright future post-manufacturing.

SA has experienced a double shock in the past 30-40 years with decline of local manufacturing and the State Bank debacle. The fact that we have almost completely transitioned out of a manufacturing economy with around 5.5% unemployment is not a bad outcome.

The good thing about the space industry is many are small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups (60 firms in SA currently with 800 total employees) and with the space agency announcement there will be much, much more to come. Hopefully this entrepreneurial spirit can spread out to other industries. A more entrepreneurial culture will ultimately lead to more jobs in SA.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:29 pm
by claybro
ml69 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:43 am
The good thing about the space industry is many are small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups (60 firms in SA currently with 800 total employees) and with the space agency announcement there will be much, much more to come. Hopefully this entrepreneurial spirit can spread out to other industries. A more entrepreneurial culture will ultimately lead to more jobs in SA.
Have to agree this is a great direction for the SA. Time for a new numberplate slogan "SA-THE START-UP STATE"

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:13 pm
by ghs (but alot worse)
claybro wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:29 pm
ml69 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:43 am
The good thing about the space industry is many are small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups (60 firms in SA currently with 800 total employees) and with the space agency announcement there will be much, much more to come. Hopefully this entrepreneurial spirit can spread out to other industries. A more entrepreneurial culture will ultimately lead to more jobs in SA.
Have to agree this is a great direction for the SA. Time for a new numberplate slogan "SA-THE START-UP STATE"
It won’t. Entrepreneurs are freeloaders and will only come here demanding concessions. It wont make any difference anyway.

Re: #Official Space Thread

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:40 pm
by cricketworldcup
If even half of this goes through, it will be awesome. If only I could get a job there. :(

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:39 am
by rev
claybro wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:29 pm
ml69 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:43 am
The good thing about the space industry is many are small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups (60 firms in SA currently with 800 total employees) and with the space agency announcement there will be much, much more to come. Hopefully this entrepreneurial spirit can spread out to other industries. A more entrepreneurial culture will ultimately lead to more jobs in SA.
Have to agree this is a great direction for the SA. Time for a new numberplate slogan "SA-THE START-UP STATE"
SA - Gateway to the Stars.