Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2011 Australian Research Infrastructure Roadmap hints at future Australian Space Research

The recently released "2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure" Discussion Paper has hinted that the upcoming Australian National Space Policy will include a research program, and identifies early achievements of the ASRP.

The Discussion paper, which can be found here, outlines the following:

Geospatial and space technologies
The Space Policy Unit (SPU), formed in 2009, is developing a national space policy, an element of which will almost certainly be a research component. Early indications are that the Australian Space Research Program, coordinated by the SPU, has already fostered very useful collaborations between a number of Australian and international research organisations, agencies and companies. Australia sits in what is known as the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) ‘hotspot’ where all of the current and proposed GNSS systems are visible and this unique geography provides opportunities for Australian researchers.

It is expected that the upcoming release of the Australian National Space Policy will incorporate a follow on program from the highly successful Australia Space Research Program that recently closed submissions for its fourth and final round. It also shows the increasingly importance that Space is beginning to play within the Australian Research landscape.

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