Both local and international space companies have stressed the importance of Australia building its own talent pool to ensure the country’s space industry will succeed. “I think space is seen as cool. It’s something to be involved in but I think the problem is that people don’t necessarily know how to get into it,” Airbus told the Standing Committee of Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources, as part of its inquiry into developing Australia’s space industry. “I think there’s a problem of space being inaccessible, both in terms of actual space and space as an industry where it tends to be seen that the scientists are the ones that are needed. They obviously are but then you need mathematicians, but you also need business people, you need people with strategy backgrounds, you need people with accountancy backgrounds, you need a whole range of people to make space work to make it a commercial enterprise. “You need to make it a commercial enterprise so people can see that way in. If you try to make space sexy by looking at astronauts, by looking at very capable individuals that makes it quite inaccessible for the majority of people.” Airbus’ advice was to think… Read full this story
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