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Australia’s space agency will officially commence operations on July 1 2018. As inaugural agency head Megan Clarke surveys our national capability in space, many states are putting forward strong cases regarding their existing relationships, human resources and infrastructure.

But from where should Australia launch rockets? Woomera in South Australia launched its first rocket in 1967, but in reality Australia could support multiple launch sites. And the closer to the equator, typically the better. Let’s look at why.

A cool $50 million in "seed funding" will reportedly be allocated for the establishment of an Australian Space Agency in the next Federal budget tomorrow. The private sector will make up "the lion's share" of the remainder of funds needed to establish the agency.

Is this good enough? And what will having a Space agency really mean for Australia? Here's what the experts have to say.

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It’s been a long time coming, but Australia is finally going to have a Space Agency. This will enable Australian space industries to benefit from agency-to-agency agreements and collaborations, and facilitate our participation in the growing global space market.

The Federal Government appointed an Expert Review Panel to map out how the Agency should operate. As we wait for its report – the final strategy was scheduled to be submitted in March 2018 – two space experts offer their perspectives on what we might expect.

Up to 3000 international space experts as part of the world assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will gather in Sydney's new Darling Harbour Centre for what is affectionately known as the "Space Olympics" in 2020.

The city beat out Shanghai, Valencia, Prague and Lausanne to host the event, and could be the beginning of Australia launching its own space agency.