USQ welcomes ASA/NASA space research collaboration

Stephen Kuper

The University of Southern Queensland has welcomed the announcement of research collaboration between the Australian Space Agency and NASA, with vice-chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie saying USQ was perfectly poised to play a defining role in the new era space research and innovation.

Professor Mackenzie said USQ was perfectly positioned to play a defining role in the new era and to drive innovation in Australia’s growing space sector.

"The federal government’s exciting decision to work with the US to return to the moon and travel to Mars will propel science and engineering in both our countries into a new realm," she said.

"The federal government’s financial support will allow Australian organisations and research bodies to drive innovation and increase Australia’s share of the $350 billion global space market."

USQ’s Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences is at the forefront of Australia’s space sector – with expertise in astrophysics, lunar and planetary science, hypersonics, rocketry and advanced materials.

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"USQ research, facilities and global partnerships are already something Australia can be proud of and we stand ready to support the Australian Space Agency as we realise a new era of space activity," Professor Mackenzie added.

"Our expertise is already recognised globally – from our Mt Kent Observatory working with NASA on discovering new planets, to our Neora program delving into asteroid prospecting, to our Space Materials team testing static rockets.

"Deep collaboration between USQ, the government and our industry partners offers opportunities for growth and differentiation based on our natural advantages, unique capability and established partnerships. 

"What’s more, investment in the space sector translates to technologies which improve all our lives – from robotics and automation to remote medicine – through industry-led collaboration and research solutions."

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