Many researchers wonder why despite having amazing vistas and isolated red deserts, Australia still does not have a national space agency of its own.
With the Space Age reaching about 60 years now, Australia seems to be a perfect place for a space economy. In a Forbes article, Mr Andrew Dempster, the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research director agreed that the country appears to be a bit left behind for not having one. He said that during global meetings about space, Australia seems to be out of place all the time with no vision for what to do in the future in terms of space economy.
On the other hand, according to Brett Biddington, founder of a space and cyber security consulting company in Canberra, it could be for the reason that Australia lacks the proper sites where ideal orbital launches can be implemented. The founder reiterated that since the era of the 50s, most of the Australian space activities were deemed highly classified.
"Australia will develop conventional launch capabilities only if a compelling national security case emerges," Mr Biddington added.