Australia and America: United for a New Space Age

Australia and America: United for a New Space Age, by Carie Lamack.

Having attended the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, I can attest to the country’s eagerness to join America in promoting space-based research.

I can confirm this fact, not because of the enthusiasm of panelists and members of the press, but because of the words – and actions – of teachers, scientists and public figures who want to partner with America to explore the heavens.

Australia is, after all, more than the “Land Down Under”: It is a land of Anglo-Asian influence, home to a diversity of peoples and a number of top research universities, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and advocates of space-based research. With its economic ties to Japan and China, in addition to its bond with the British Commonwealth and the citizens of the United States, Australia is ready to co-write the next chapter of the New Space Age.

Capital tends to go where the returns are best, which in Australia means mining, agriculture, finance, and real estate. Not so much tech, and certainly not big tech. So Australians who like tech either have to go into low-capital tech (mainly software) or leave — I met quite a few Australians when I was working in Silicon Valley in the 1980s.