WA2050 Report highlights the role of WA in shaping Australia’s space ambitions.

WA2050 Report highlights the role of WA in shaping Australia’s space ambitions.

Published in March by The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Public Policy Institute, the WA 2050 report lays out what’s at stake across the next three decades and the most promising ways to boost the future of WA. (You can access the report here)

In his excellent piece (p. 65), titled “Space industry: Opportunities for economic diversification and innovation”, Associate Professor Danail Obreschkow highlighted how WA can shape Australia’s space ambitions rather than follow them.

Dr Obreschkow is the head of the UWA International Space Centre and an Associate Professor in Astrophysics. He’s also an astrophysicist at the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

“The global civil space sector is developing into a trillion-dollar economy, and so Australia sits on the precipice of a space boom,” said Dr Obreschkow.

“WA’s isolated geographic location, with its radio-quietness and ideal position in the southern hemisphere, makes us a much-needed partner in securing continuous communication links to most space missions.

“However, as demonstrated by all space-capable nations, creating a prospering space economy requires a space culture, in which emerging industries, academia and government work together.”

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This case study highlights our work with ICRAR, where our HPCaaS experts helped put Australia at the forefront of radio-astronomy research by helping ICRAR’s Professor Cathryn Trott publish a paper years ahead of schedule that has since had more than 80 citations.

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By Mitchell Lim

Mitchell Lim is DUG's Scientific Content Architect. With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mitch is an expert in the fields of catalysis and ultrasonics. Full-time science geek, part-time fitness junkie, Mitch strives to deliver effective and engaging science communication, as he believes that easily digestible scientific perspectives have the potential to impact and benefit society at large.

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