Australian Space Agency to launch manned shuttles in five years

Australia to launch manned space flights ‘within five years’ under $12billion plan to transform country into a ‘space nation’

  • Australian Space Agency revealed aim to launch manned shuttles in five years
  • Head of organisation Enrico Palermo wanted to turn country into ‘space nation’
  • Australia has already signed agreements with NASA for future space projects
  • TAFES have already been tasked with finding and training ‘space recruits’










The Australian Space Agency aims to launch manned shuttles into space in five years as part of an ambitious $12billion plan to transform the country into a ‘space nation’.

Enrico Palermo, who is head of the national space organisation, said he was already beginning to shape Australia’s image as a ‘space nation’ and that 2022 would be a launching pad of sorts for the country.

‘The world wants to work with Australia that’s clear and the agency team in the first three years built those bridges … now we will turn it into active activity and partnership,’ he told Herald Sun.

The Australian Space Agency aims to launch manned shuttles into space in five years as part of an ambitious $12billion plan to transform the country into a ‘space nation’

Enrico Palermo, who is head of the national space organisation, said he was already beginning to shape Australia's image as a'space nation' and that 2022 would be a launching pad of sorts for the country (pictured, Australian Space Agency headquarters to be set up at the McEwin building in Adelaide)

Enrico Palermo, who is head of the national space organisation, said he was already beginning to shape Australia’s image as a ‘space nation’ and that 2022 would be a launching pad of sorts for the country (pictured, Australian Space Agency headquarters to be set up at the McEwin building in Adelaide)

Mr Palermo has set high goals for the country to not only send manned shuttles into space but also recruit ‘space tradies’ and eventually turn Australia into a hub for international space missions.

Australia has also signed several agreements with NASA to allow the US space agency to launch several rockets from the Arnhem Land base near Nhulunbuy, in the Northern Territory, later this year.

It will mark the first time NASA has staged a commercial launch outside of the US.

NASA has also signed an agreement for Australia to help build a rover that will be deployed in future missions to Mars.

‘We have a real opportunity for Australia to be a regional hub for human space flight activities, I truly believe that and that’s a position we should grab,’ Mr Palermo said.

‘Our estimates are that it’s a very large market opportunity human space flight both professional and private space travel.’

The AUKUS security pact – which was signed by Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States in September – will also include discussions about space ventures.

TAFES have already been tasked with finding and educating the next generation of'space recruits' to help build the new future (stock image)

TAFES have already been tasked with finding and educating the next generation of ‘space recruits’ to help build the new future (stock image)

Australia currently receives its data about weather and geological mapping from foreign satellites. Mr Palermo said this needed to change for the sake of national security.

TAFES have already been tasked with finding and educating the next generation of ‘space recruits’ to help build the new future.

‘Many of the careers that need to be filled now and into the future require the hands-on learning of places like our TAFES, we need space apprentices, we need space tradies,’ Mr Palermo said.

There are currently 150 space-related organisations set up around Australia with 90 in South Australia.

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