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Australia Launches Space.gov.au

A new Australian Government web portal launched this week will raise the national and international profile of Australia’s growing space activities and services.

“Australia plays a big part in space, from our fifty years of space-tracking collaboration with the United States, to this month’s successful return of the Hayabusa spacecraft,” Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said.

“The new portal will provide information on activities, policies, and funding opportunities in the Australian space sector, and links to space-related research organisations, events and our international partners.

“It will help inform people about how space activities and technologies, such as satellite navigation and communication, affect our day-to-day lives.

“The site will support the efforts of my department’s Space Policy Unit to coordinate Australia’s national and international civil space activities.

“It will ensure that international organisations know who to contact when they’re looking to collaborate with the Australian space sector or the Australian Government.

“The portal will make it easier to find the things you need, including how to apply for a grant under the Australian Government’s $40 million Australian Space Research Program.

“It will also provide links to space education organisations like the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, and international space agencies such as NASA.”

Under the $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative, the Australian Government is investing $48.6 million in the Australian space sector through its new Space Policy Unit and Australian Space Research Program.

The new portal responds to a recommendation from the Senate Economics Committee’s Inquiry into Australia’s Space Science and Industry Sector.

The Australian Government Space Portal can be found at www.space.gov.au.

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