Space research and education projects receive $6.1 million in funding

Improving the way satellites move in orbit, having more accurate weather predictions and creating a new education pathway for science and engineering students are the possibilities that will stem from the Federal Government’s $6.1 million investment in new space research and education projects.

Announcing three new projects under Round 4 of the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP), Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said discoveries in space science may help solve some of Australia’s and the world’s biggest challenges.

“Space science is no longer about a race to the moon. Rather, it has the power and potential to help us address major issues that affect our quality of life like health care, food production and climate change,” Senator Carr said.

With the ASRP, South Australian company Vipac Engineers & Scientists will partner with research bodies to develop a sensor to improve the measurement of greenhouse gases. The Government is investing $2.3 million in this project, which will help better detect climate change and predict the weather.

The Australian National University will partner with national and international industry bodies to develop a better propulsion system for satellites and deep-space missions. The $3.1 million in funding will also help build a space simulation facility at the ANU. The facility will be a research hub for space scientists, astronomers and industry bodies looking to develop space equipment.

The University of New South Wales will partner with national and international space industry bodies and use their $675,000 grant to formulate and deliver a two-year Masters degree program in satellite systems engineering. This will address the current education gap and help prepare graduates with industry experience for Australia’s developing space industry.”

Read more: Australian Space Research Program

[Image courtesy: www.space.gov.au]

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