2 mins read 19 Feb 2020

Australian Space Agency Officially Opened

Prime Minister officially opens the Australian Space Agency’s Adelaide Headquarters at LotFourteen.

Dr. Megan Clark, with Minister Andrews, Prime Minister Morrison and SA Premier Marshall officially opening the space agency. Credit: Australian Space Agency.

The Australian Space Agency’s headquarters have been officially opened in Adelaide by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday 19 February, almost 18 months after the launch of the agency.

Mr Morrison was joined by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology – Karen Andrews and South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall. Dr. Megan Clark, the current head of the Australian Space Agency also participated in the formal opening of the new facility, located in Adelaide’s entrepreneurial hub, LotFourteen.

“Space captures the imagination and inspires us all. It develops new technologies that improve life on Earth and it offers huge economic and job opportunities.” Said, Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the opening was another chance to highlight the great opportunities space presents to everyday Australians.

“Australia’s space sector has gone from strength to strength since we established the Agency and I’m confident we will continue to build on that momentum,” Minister Andrews said.

Head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark AC said the national headquarters is a strong base for the Agency to grow and transform the Australian space industry.

“We’re delighted to have a new home in the centre of Adelaide, and we look forward to developing the Australian Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control, which will open next year,” said Dr Clark.

The offices, based at Lot Fourteen, are an important next step in the development of the Agency, who are working to triple the size of the Australian space industry and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Later that day, Minister Andrews announced at the South Australian Space Industry Centre’s  9th Space Forum that the new mission control facility, forming part of the new headquarters, will be available at times for the general public to walk in off the street and observe space missions underway.