We Have Lift Off! Why Australia Needs the New Space Agency

Alternative Law Journal 2018, Vol. 43(2) 71–72

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-78

Posted: 3 Jul 2019

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Melissa de Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Last September was an exciting month for space activities in Adelaide. Not only was the city graced with a visit from space-entrepreneur Elon Musk, who declared SpaceX’s intention to become a very fast terrestrial airline (using very big rockets) but the Australian government also announced the creation of an Australian Space Agency. This announcement has been met with great enthusiasm by those already working in the Australian space industry. So popular was the idea in fact that the government made the announcement well before the Report of the Expert Reference Group was completed. The Expert Group, in its Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability, identified early in its national consultations that there was a strong consensus across the nation that an Australian space agency was needed to lift national and international engagement; set national policy and strategy to realise Australia’s ambitions in the civil space sector; facilitate growth in the space industry sector; and inspire the nation with Australia’s contribution to human endeavours in space.

Keywords: Space Agency, Australia Space Agency, Space industry

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

de Zwart, Melissa, We Have Lift Off! Why Australia Needs the New Space Agency (2018). Alternative Law Journal 2018, Vol. 43(2) 71–72; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-78. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414112

Melissa De Zwart (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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