Queensland's bid to become the next big player in Australia's race for space takes a giant leap forward as a rocket carrying Australia's first commercial payload is launched skyward in the state's southern outback.
The CSIRO says Australian industry needs to step up and get involved in NASA's plans for human bases on the Moon.
The stars might finally be aligning for the Northern Territory's nascent space industry, with an Australian Space Agency off the ground, regulation in the process of being updated and a company set to build Australia's first launch site in Arnhem Land.
A high resolution camera which was partly developed in Melbourne and launched towards the International Space Station on Friday will be used to fight bushfires and monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
The sight of X-wings battling TIE-fighters or the Starship Enterprise shooting off into the stars were once reserved for sci-fi epics. But Donald Trump's "Space Force" announcement brings space battles a lot closer to reality.
The US President has escalated the rhetoric of a space arms race. It's very worrying coming from the (arguably) the most powerful person on Earth, writes Steven Freeland.
Australians often ask, "why should Australia do space?" Tellingly, in the US the question is instead "Why doesn't Australia do space". The fact of the matter is we're somewhere in between, writes Anthony Wicht.
Proposed changes to Australia's space activities legislation do little to inspire confidence in the Government's approach to a commercial space industry, writes Melissa de Zwart.
The scientist who will head the country's first dedicated space agency expects the Australian industry could treble in size and produce 20,000 jobs by 2030 — and she isn't ruling out heading to the moon either.