ANU launches new Institute for Space

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The Australian National University (ANU) has launched a new organisation that will coordinate its future space endeavours.

Named InSpace, the Institute will coordinate technology R&D, science missions, space test facilities, commercial space law and business and finance, streamlining ANU’s impressive array of space endeavours.

Led by ANU’s distinguished astronomer, Professor Anna Moore, InSpace is expected to drive co-investment between industry and government partners in projects that support the growth of a globally competitive and respected Australian space industry.

Professor Moore said the new space institute will have a multidisciplinary approach to expanding Australia’s to commercial and scientific interests in the space industry.

“Like all challenges we’re facing now, the solution is never one-sided. That’s why we’ll be working with researchers from the ANU College of Law, research schools of mathematics, physics, earth sciences, computer sciences and our colleagues in public policy and national security research areas,” Professor Moore added.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated ANU for the initiative, saying it would serve as a bridge between academia and industry.

InSpace is designed to drive co-investment between industry and government partners in space projects,” said Minister Andrews.

“It is an exciting time to be involved in space – the Coalition Government invested $41 million in establishing the Australian Space Agency, laying the groundwork to triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030.”

“The Coalition Government invested a further $260 million to develop world-leading satellite capabilities, and this ANU initiative complements these efforts.”

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