“To reach for the stars and actually get there is a phenomenal feeling”… The new division will comprise army, navy and air force officers and be based at RAAF headquarters in Canberra.
Australia is assembling a new space division comprising military officers from the army, navy and air force to better protect satellites from attack.
The space division will be established within the Royal Australian Air Force headquarters in Canberra early next year.
The chief of the air force, Mel Hupfeld, said guaranteeing access to the “contested domain” of space was becoming increasingly important.
“However, this does not mean that defense encourages the militarization of space,” Air Marshal Hupfeld said on Wednesday.
“All space operations are conducted consistent with international and domestic legal obligations.”
Defense will invest $7bn in space capabilities over the next 10 years.
The shadow treasurer, Jim Chalmers, confirmed Labor supported the spending.
“Clearly our defense force needs to maintain capability and clearly the definition of capability changes very rapidly when it comes to defense,” he told the National Press Club.
“There are new frontiers in defense technology all of the time, and any country like ours investing so heavily in our defence needs to keep up with those developments and ideally get ahead of them.
“If the developments in technology require us to invest in those areas then so be it.”
Hupfeld said satellite technologies were used daily to gather information about the weather, navigation and geospatial intelligence.
“Defense is delivering capabilities including space domain awareness, sovereign controlled satellite communications and space-based Earth observation, and navigation,” he said.
Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts will head the new division.
“To reach for the stars and actually get there is a phenomenal feeling,” she said.
“As an aerospace engineer I have always been fascinated by space – the ultimate high-ground.”
Article from The Guardian