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In an out of this world announcement for the nation’s Space State, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is set to open a new Space Weather Hub at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen.
Announced amid World Space Week, the new Bureau hub will see SA cement its position as Australia’s thriving space state, bringing four new positions to its Space Weather Service, and a total of 18 positions to the new Adelaide hub.
While Adelaidians may be familiar with the Bureau’s weather reports, they may not know that BOM also plays a pivotal part in ensuring Australia is ready for any wild weather events that occur outside Earth’s atmosphere.
While BOM provides Australians accurate weather reports earthside daily, their careful monitoring of space means that galactic disturbances don’t interfere with crucial GPS navigation systems, electricity networks and radio communication.
Premier Steven Marshall applauded the move which will add another important piece to the space industry puzzle at Lot Fourteen – an industry that is already employing 1400 South Australians.
“Australia has well and truly rocketed into the global space economy over the past few years, and South Australia is at the forefront of these endeavours,” said Marshall.
“South Australia is home to more than 90 space-related organisations, making the state the undisputed national centre of Australia’s space industry.”
“There is something special about the space sector – the enthusiasm and passion the industry seems impossible to dampen, and the addition of the Bureau to the mix here in SA is going to be huge for the sector.”
“With the Bureau’s space weather team joining the ranks at Lot Fourteen, this vital precinct for our State is going from strength to strength.”
The Hub, set to open in 2022, is backed by the Australian and South Australian governments and will see the Bureau’s space weather scientists, researchers and customer engagement specialists located alongside the Australian Space Agency, Microsoft Azure Space and other space, defence and commercial customers.
The Space Weather Hub will join other major space companies, departments and institutions already calling Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen home such as the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, the Space Discovery Centre, Microsoft Azure Space, the South Australian Space Industry Centre, Inovor Technologies and Myriota.
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