Australia may develop its own space agency. Any nation bound to have a space program needs to be aware of the fact that it also has to supervise the orbiting assets it owns. Thus, Australia is believed to play a major role in the worldwide chain of ground-based tracking stations. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) owns a monitoring station for deep space at Tidbinbilla in the ACT.
- Australia may develop in the future its own space agency.
- Australia plays a key role in the space missions of other space agencies, supporting their efforts.
- The most important role in space industry played by Australia was during the Apollo space missions.
The facility is led by the CSIRO. Moreover, the European Space Agency (ESA) also owns such a facility in New Norcia, Western Australia. The New Norcia facility plays a key role, tracking and picking up the ESA launches from French Guiana because of spacecraft curve across the Indian Ocean on their back to Earth orbit.
Australia plays a significant role in the space programs of several other countries. Currently, approximately 40 space missions are bound to download their information by using Australian radio dishes. Among these space missions, there were included astronomical space observatories, solar observatories, Mars rovers and deep space planetary explorer crafts.
Then, this data is sent out to the European and the US scientific groups. If Australia will exploit its power regarding space tracking and space science, getting on board with the flourishing commercial space industry, then it is time for this nation to develop their own space agency.
The development of a space agency can play several roles. Firstly, it represents the development of coherence across a complicated sector. Mainly, the space agency should coordinate the process of building domestic space technologies. Furthermore, it can also create space missions in collaboration with other space agencies while managing and operating several space platforms.
It can engage in the administration of space protocols and take part in the Solar System’s exploration and the analysis of the evolution of the Universe. The space agency could consider the management of the Australian atmosphere, land mass, and oceans, helping to obtain sovereign security. The most crucial role of Australia so far was established during the Apollo space program.
This represents the importance of communication between countries, helping each other when in need, during critical phases like launches, flybys, and landings. All these downlink systems are being prepared for the worldwide push to Mars. They will also use the facilities as Tidbinbilla and possibly the one at New Norcia.
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