Photo: UNN, the Australian Government announced the creation of the country’s first space Agency

The new Agency will spend $ 30.5 million. In the industrial Park Adelaide South Australia located 55 space startups.

The Australian government announced the creation of the country’s first space Agency, whose tasks include promoting the development of space technologies and their output on the world market.

The Ministry of Finance of Australia orally revised the draft budget for the following financial year (2018/2019 begins July 1) expenses for these purposes in the amount of 41 million Australian dollars ($30.5 million).

Until this year, Australia and Iceland were the only one of the most developed countries (35 member States of the Organization for economic cooperation and development) without their own space agencies. Most European countries are members of the European space Agency (ESA). And even in New Zealand, a similar office emerged in 2016 .

In the industrial Park Adelaide South Australia located 55 space startups that have attracted more than $16 million of investors ‘ funds in the second half of last year. In General, the space industry in Australia has been estimated at $900 million, or 0.4% of global significance.

Earlier it became known that the European space Agency intends to launch the telescope, ARIEL, designed exclusively for the study of atmospheres of exoplanets.

 

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