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WA to host major space technologies conference

WA to host major space technologies conference

Louis Dillon

The Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium will take place in Perth on 5-6 March, with internationally recognised academic, industry and Defence leaders gathering to "explore and shape the long-term vision for space technologies".

The conference will be co-hosted by four universities – Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia - in partnership with Defence Science and Technology.

The universities were selected after a nationwide search for an academic partner for the event, with the four being described as "among the leaders of Australian research into space technologies".

The topics explored by the EDTAS will impact Defence and national security "over the next 20 years", according to the government, and give WA a showcase to "build on their space research and share expertise with other international and Australian researchers in attendance".

The federal government said, "Australia is increasingly dependent on space-based systems to provide information and communication to support Defence operations and national security. Space capability is one of nine priorities identified for further development in the 2016 Defence White Paper."

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"The Liberal National government is committed to harnessing space and space-based technologies for Defence and our national security," reads a joint release between Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.

"The Liberal National government also established the Australian Space Agency with funding of $41 million dollars to grow and transform our nation’s civil space industry, aimed at creating another 20,000 jobs and tripling the size of our space sector to $12 billion by 2030. This investment is on top of more than $300 million in funding aimed to kick-start the local space industry and develop world-leading core satellite infrastructure."

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