Tasmania Gears Up for the Space Race in Australia

Signing Ceremony

After the recent announcement of Australian Space Agency for $150 million commitment to the Australia businesses to contribute to NASA’s Moon to Mars mission. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Space Agency. This MoU will create jobs in Tasmania with the booming space industry.

On the signing occasion, Ms. Andrews said “the MoU establishes a framework for the Tasmanian businesses and organizations to get involved in the booming space industry. This is essentially the starting point of the space race for Tasmania. What we’ll be doing is working very closely with the Tasmanian government to make sure we are creating the opportunities to grow existing industries, create new industries and create new jobs.”

Mr. Hodgman added by saying “extraordinary job opportunities into the future. This is not about putting a Tasmanian on the moon, though that would be great, but really about the job opportunity and investment to lift Tasmania’s capabilities for generations to come. Today’s MoU, coupled with our strategies to grow our advanced manufacturing and science and technology industries, will further enhance Tasmania’s reputation for high-quality, niche products and give our businesses the confidence and opportunity to grow.”

“The state was well placed to participate in Australia’s growing space industry”, said Mr. Ferguson, Science and Technology Minister. He continued by saying, “Tasmania’s investment in new hypobaric facilities, growth of our advanced manufacturing skills base, our radio telescope network and our Antarctic gateway put Tasmania in a strong position. Through signing this MoU, our tracking facilities will play an even more prominent role in the next chapter of space exploration.”

Space Agency deputy head Anthony Murfett said the MoU would “help identify area where Tasmania has strengths. This is an exciting time and one of massive transformation. The MoU will be instrumental in transforming space and our lives here.” The MoU will also support the roll-out of the Space Infrastructure Fund starting this year, which will invest $1.2 million in space tracking facilities in Tasmania.

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