Australia, welcome to space. The club many would say we should have joined decades ago. Among OECD countries, only Australia and Iceland did not have a dedicated space agency. We were in a group that counted Luxembourg, Malta and Vatican City among its members. New Zealand, Indonesia, North Korea – even Nigeria has a space research agency. Of course, having a space agency and launching rockets are two different things. At last count, 72 countries boasted a space agency; only 14 of them have the capacity to launch a rocket. Of those 14, four have the capability to send humans into space, and just three can potentially land something on the moon. That means there’s a stark reality waiting there for anyone who wants to take a rational view on what it means to have an Australian Space Agency in practical terms. Which is: sorry Aussie kids, you won’t be rumbling out to the back of Woomera in the back of a space truck and piling into rockets for a trip to Mars any time soon. If ever. The good news? Fortunately, no one who ever achieved anything in the space industry grew up being told their ideas were completely… Read full this story
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