Help connect Tasmania to the global space industry
Australia now has a space agency, launched at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, last September 2017.
This is a matter of relevance to all Tasmanians, as space will create new enterprise, employment and career opportunities, as well as providing new recreational options.
Tasmania is strong in astronomy, but there is more to our future with space than astronomy alone.
New Zealand launches rockets to send satellites into orbit.
Tasmania doesn’t launch rockets yet, but we could.
To join New Zealand with rocket launches, we need to build an understanding in Tasmania of how that could happen.
Should we be promoting the development of satellites?
A South Australian company, Fleet Space, builds satellites and works with Tasmanian farmers and the University of Tasmania to provide an agricultural service from space.
Why wasn’t there a Tasmanian company in position to rise to that challenge?
The South Australian Government has been investing heavily in promoting space opportunities in their State.
To create space development opportunities, all Tasmanians need to be made aware of the opportunities that exist.
For Tasmanians to be more aware of space, there needs to be a shift in focus to include space as part of Tasmanian creative landscape.
Space development opportunities will not come knocking on Tasmania’s door.
Tasmanians must find the space door, and knock.
CREATING A SPACE ENVIRONMENT IN TASMANIA
We can build on our success with astronomy, and encourage a greater awareness of the space exploration and development opportunities that can happen in and from Tasmania.
Every Tasmanian can be made aware of the power of the Sun in space, the resources available across the Solar System, and just how vast space is beyond Earth.
We could develop a directory of all companies and institutions who engage in space exploration and development in any way.
We may develop a youth activity to explore space, which can include astronomy, rocketry, robotics, the art of building in space, the history of space exploration, and growing food as if in space. This activity could include virtual space experiences in the virtual worlds, and using a Virtual Reality headset to gain unusual space experiences.
Schools could collaborate to develop a space camp. Students of all ages might like that experience. The pioneering experience in Tasmania is close to the surface, and could inform the pioneering experience of space.
With space tourism about to take off, people will be training to go into space, so why not in Tasmania? Space Training for space tourists could be run in Tasmania, combined with a holiday to the island. A virtual world connection would allow space tourists to connect with the space experience, before and after their holiday in space.
NASA develops virtual worlds for use in deep-space missions.
Just as Tasmania develops and provides food for the armed services in Scottsdale, we could do the same for space agencies and companies.
Philosophy will play an important role in how we work and play in space, and this debate can happen in Tasmania. Will there be star wars, or will peace be vital to survive in space?
A virtual world dedicated to space could happen out of Tasmania, presenting space to the world from Tasmania, and bringing the world to Tasmania for space. There are a billion and more people around the world who pay good money to engage in the virtual worlds, including the gaming worlds and Second Life.
Discussion groups could form to explore space, and engage in related activities, including astronomy, rocketry, robotics, growing food as if in space, cooking space food, and connecting with space globally in the virtual worlds.
ENGAGE AND PARTICIPATE
If an opportunity is never considered, that opportunity can never be gained.
Tas Space is our space.
Help make it so.
Do you have any suggestions for space in Tasmania?
Do you know of any space related activities happening out of Tasmania? ~ They could be added here, and this may begin to become the seed of a space directory.