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UWA launches International Space Centre

The University of Western Australia’s International Space Centre will conduct multi-disciplinary R&D. Photo: Stock

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has established a new International Space Centre in Perth which will combine leading space science, research and teaching capabilities, advance mankind’s ability to operate from space and enable the development of innovative technology to enhance and sustain life on Earth and beyond.

A multi-disciplinary UWA team that includes more than 12 research nodes, 150 researchers and 20 PhD students will collaborate across areas ranging from optical communications, astrophysics, health, agriculture, engineering, information technology, and social studies.

Scientists will study the effects of gravity and space on human physiology and plant biology, support space exploration and construct environments that allow us to live and work far from Earth, said the Interim Head of the International Space Centre, UWA Associate Professor Danail Obreschkow.

He added that the centre would harness UWA’s world-class space research to build partnerships that contribute to the ongoing growth of Australia’s space industry.

“The Centre will build on WA’s strength in mining, astronomy, data, communications and remote operations, and support the diversification of the WA economy and jobs growth in high skill areas.

“Through this Centre, we will collaborate with partners to transfer knowledge, develop technological innovations and carry out impactful research. The Centre will also provide new education opportunities for our students and industry.”

The Centre was launched by WA Minister for Science, the Hon. Dave Kelly MLA, and Federal Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds.

For further information, visit the International Space Centre website.

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