The council will work alongside the Australian Remote Operations in Space and on Earth’s (AROSE) existing resources advisory board and will provide direction for AROSE’s global partnerships and initiatives.
David Flanagan, chairman of AROSE, spoke about the aims of the new International Space Council.
“Council members will help define AROSE’s global engagement strategy and provide long-term strategic direction to ensure we are successful in achieving our mission, to position Australia as a global leader of remote operations in space and on Earth.
“The International Space Council will elevate AROSE’s standing in the international space sector,” he added.
It is hoped that the council will foster stronger relationships between members of the growing Australian space industry and key space players across the rest of the world.
Members of the council are already looking ahead to what they can achieve on the international stage.
“The council will help position AROSE and Australia as a leading global provider of remote operations capability to the international space sector,” said Carissa Christensen, a member of the new council, CEO of BryceTech and a prominent US space policy advisor.
“Australia’s expertise is well understood by spacefaring nations, and there will be many opportunities in the years ahead to expand Australia’s remote operations service offering to major international space sector providers.”
The Western Australian government also praised the establishment of the council, with Western Australia Deputy Premier and Science Minister Roger Cook saying that the council’s establishment was an exciting step for AROSE.
“Western Australia’s Space industry has truly come of age.
“Recently, we’ve had large investments in space infrastructure in the state including the Fugro SpAARC remote operations centre and the European Space Agency’s second deep space ground station at New Norcia,” Cook said.
“AROSE and its members are leading the way for Australia on the global space stage and accelerating our remote operations capability across all industries,” he added.
The initial members making up the AROSE International Space Council include four industry professionals based in the United States and six members of the Western Australian space industry.
Council members include the director of Fugro Australia Space Systems, Dawn McIntosh; AROSE CEO Leanne Cunnold; AROSE chairman David Flanagan; and former NASA chief of staff David Radzanowski.
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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