Australia’s space industry has the chance to be a world leader, but first it needs a boost

[Excerpt] While establishing an Australian Space Agency sounds exciting, government funding and collaboration between universities and industry need to happen if we want our space industry to compete globally.

The year has blasted off in style, with New Zealand company RocketLab and Elon Musk’s SpaceX leading the charge to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

But according to Dr Peter Moar, Chair of Engineers Australia’s National Committee for Space Engineering, state and federal governments’ chronic underfunding of R&D and industry activities has robbed Australia of the opportunity to be a player on the global stage.

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