It’s official – Adelaide is going to be the home of the Australian Space Agency. And it’s going to be located right in the heart of town.
The agency is moving into Lot Fourteen, the site of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, thanks to a $41 million investment from the federal government, and is expected to be operational by mid-2019.
While we won’t be launching humans into space, the agency will be a hub for space data and technologies that enable the modern economy to function – think internet access, plus weather and location information.
The announcement is also part of a new Adelaide City Deal, with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, aimed at turbo-charging Adelaide’s economy and driving long term investment in the city.
Premier Marshall said long-term investment in Adelaide and its space sector would drive entrepreneurship and innovation while enhancing the city’s liveability.
“South Australia is the ideal location for the Australian Space Agency with a range of local space industry businesses already established here as well as a rapidly growing defence industry sector,” he said.
“Establishing the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency in South Australia will launch our space and defence sectors to the next level.
When the agency opens next year, it’s set to employ 20 full-time equivalent staff in Adelaide.
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