Officially launched on 22 March during the 2022 Air and Space Conference in Canberra, Australia’s Defence Space Command is designed primarily to ensure Australia has full access to Space.
This article by Russell Boyce, writing for The Conversation, makes the following points:
- The Australian Government plans to spend around A$7 billion on space defence over the next decade.
- Many areas within defence are already engaged in space activities, but Defence Space Command will bring them together.
- Australia needs a distinct space command because Australia, like the rest of the world, depends on space-based technologies to provide communications, navigation, and timing*.
'Without accurate timekeeping, space navigation would be impossible. As NASA goes forward to the Moon with the Artemis missions, precise measurements of time are key to mission success.' NASA Navigation Tech Shows Timing Really Is Everything | NASA
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