ANU establishes new collaborative space industry institute

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The Australian National University (ANU) has launched InSpace, a new institute for the co-ordination of space technology research and testing.

InSpace is to bring together technology, science and law research to expand the potential of the Australian space industry. It will also help drive co-investment between industry and government partners in space projects to support the industry’s commercial growth.

ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the institute’s multidisciplinary approach would make it effective in responding to the scientific, commercial, legal and social challenges of the emerging space industry.

“The new Institute will be the front door to space activities and capabilities across the University, including technology research and development, science missions, space test facilities, commercial space law, and business and finance initiatives relating to space,” Schmidt said.

“ANU has been Australia’s leading astronomy institute for decades, and we’re now looking to combine that scientific expertise with the work we’re doing in physics, computing, quantum mechanics, and law.”

InSpace will be headed by Professor Anna Moore from ANU’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Moore said she will be working closely with colleagues from across University’s disciplines and faculties to enhance the Australian space industry.

“Like all challenges we’re facing now, the solution is never one-sided,” Moore said. “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.”

Federal industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews, who launched InSpace today, said that the institute would consolidate and streamline the universities impressive space endeavours.

“InSpace will serve as a bridge between academia and industry, and is designed to drive co-investment between industry and government partners in space projects,” said Minister Andrews,” Andrews said.

“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.”