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15 Dicembre 2020

Australia

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND: HOW AUSTRALIA WILL GROW ITS SPACE INDUSTRY

Space exploration and satellite technology should create 20,000 new jobs in Australia by the end of the decade, Australia’s peak space exploration agency said. Jobs will appear, not just for the fabricators and experts in composite materials who build the technology that is shot up into space, but also for more earth-bound workers, such as satellite dish installers, who will find themselves getting busier, the busier space gets, said Anthony Murfett, the deputy head of the Australian Space Agency.  Queensland rocket company Gilmour Space plans to start launching satellites by 2023. “As we use more space, we need more ground assets, which means we need more people building and installing these types of [satellite dish] technologies. There’s a huge opportunity for a strong increase in jobs,” Mr Murfett told The Australian Financial Review Innovation Summit. “We know that’s achievable,” he said of the goal to create 20,000 jobs by 2030. “We haven’t even touched the surface.” Some of the jobs could also come from collaborating with other nations, he said. Japan’s six-year-long Hayabusa 2 mission, in which a space probe visited a passing asteroid, extracted a sample, and then returned the sample to earth, landing a capsule in South Australia, was a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Australian Space Agency, for instance. The Australian Space Agency is part of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. “Australia can be trusted in these missions. We were trusted 60 years ago when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, and we’ve done it for the last 60 years,” Mr Murfett said. Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmour Space, a Queensland-based rocket company that is planning to launch low-earth-orbit satellites into space starting in 2022, told the Summit he was “very optimistic about job creation in the space industry” in Australia, too.  “We started five years ago with three people, we’re now at 55, and we envisage that, by the time we’re launching 12 rockets a year, we’ll be above 500 staff. I have competitors around the world who are pushing towards 1000 staff,” he said. Globally, there’s a shortage of capacity for launching satellites, which often last only five or so years before they need to be replaced, he said. As a result, most of the customers for Gilmour Space’s rocket launches were from overseas, rather than from Australia, he said. But even then, there were opportunities for jobs to be created locally. “A lot of the money in space is not on the hardware side, it’s on the software side, it’s on the data analytics side. It follows along with the hardware, but it’s critical in job creation as well, Mr Gilmour said. (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: AFR