Session 4: Finding the Profitable Niche. Futures Awaiting Space Industry
The Australian Government is now promoting sovereign space industry capabilities. By this we seek the ability to operate systems developed by others, as well as the ability to invent, manufacture, operate and sell technologies ourselves. The Australian Space Agency was established in 2018 to help create jobs and growth leading to a sustainable and enduring space sector. This is highly desirable but there are many more jobs likely to be found in Earth-based applications than in the well-known sectors of launch and satellite manufacture. Looking just to technologies that will be needed to support human habitation on the Moon and later Mars, Australia has many important contributions to make in such fields as robotics, remote sensing, food science, AI and machine learning.
This session explored some of Australia’s ‘sweet spots’ to identify the major challenges we are likely to confront in realising our ambitions and potential.
Moderator: Dr Brett Biddington AM
- Troy McCann, Moonshot
- Carley Scott, Equatorial Launch Australia
- Dr Craig Lindley, CSIRO
- Dr Regine Stockmann, CSIRO