It’s been 50 years since the moon landing in July 1969.
Then, Australia played a pivotal role with the Parkes Radio Telescope in central west NSW, which broadcast to an expectant world vision of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the lunar surface and declaring his famous statement, "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind”.
Today, Australia is developing its own space industry. The formation of the Australian Space Agency in 2018 was only the beginning. An Australian start-up company is now developing Australia’s first commercial spaceport, located near Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, and has already secured a contract with NASA for southern hemisphere launches in 2020 - notably NASA’s first-ever use of a foreign non-government launch range.
What are the challenges of the logistics of such a venture? What regional geopolitical factors need to be considered? What are the benefits to Australia?