BREMEN, Germany (UKSA PR) — The United Kingdom and Australia will co-operate on activities including communications technologies, space situational awareness and satellite navigation, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced today (3 October).
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, provides a framework for collaborative activities and the exchange of information, technology and personnel between both nations.
Although it recommended creating a national space agency, the Senate Standing Committee on Economics has taken a rather hands-off approach on the development of a full-scale commercial launch complex:
“While not opposed in principle to Australia regaining its role as a launch site if a commercial venture wishes to do so (whether for satellites or tourists), the committee does not see this as likely, nor as something the government should be supporting with taxpayers’ money.”
Pink Floyd, Bowie, Elton, Kate Bush, Lou Reed, Savage Garden, Deep Purple, John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney…and Old Blue Eyes himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra?
The Australia Senate Standing Committee on Economics interspersed its recent analysis calling for a national space agency with almost every popular song about space travel that anyone’s ever heard of.
Just look at Chaper 4 here, the one that reviews space tourism, space elevators, and Australia’s work on hypersonic engines. If you ever wondered what Major Tom had to do with whether Woomera is a viable launch complex, wonder no longer.
Australia needs space program, says Senate report
The Herald Sun
“The Senate Standing Committee on Economics said Australia is missing out on significant innovation and technology opportunities because it lacks a space agency.
“The committee’s report, Lost in Space? Setting a new direction for Australia’s space science and industry sector, said the government should establish a Space Industry Advisory Council to oversee the creation of a fully-fledged agency.
“The council would be made up of industry representatives, government agencies, defence personnel, and academics and chaired by the federal innovation minister.”