The Australian Space Agency has released the outcomes of a public consultation on its Moon to Mars initiative.
In a statement, the Agency said its report on the consultation highlighted the key challenges facing the space industry and summarised the comments and themes from attendees and consultation submissions.
“There was a strong response to the consultation from the space industry, research sector and broader industry ecosystem,” the Agency said.
“The Agency received over 70 submissions and heard from over 550 people in every capital city across the country between 14 February and 2 March.”
IT said the outcomes report would inform the development of the Moon to Mars initiative with the Supply Chain and Demonstrator Programs launching by the end of 2020.
“The $150 million Moon to Mars initiative aims at accelerating the growth of Australia’s space sector,” the Agency said.
“It is an investment in Australia to provide the opportunity for Australian businesses and researchers to join the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s inspirational plan to return to the Moon and then go on to Mars.”
It said the Moon to Mars initiative will support Australian businesses to access international space supply chains, create jobs in Australia and support the growth of industries across the economy through the development and application of space technologies.
The 8-page Summary and response to feedback on the Moon to Mars project can be accessed at this PS News link.