State of Space reports have been published every year since 2014, providing comparative data and insights into the outcomes and progress of the Australian space sector over that period. The insights reported on cover investment and economic impacts, international and national cooperation and collaborations, and other key indicators against the Agency’s strategic pillars.


2021 in a nutshell

The Australian Space Agency entered into the third phase of the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2020 signified by rapid strides that opened doors internationally and brought new opportunities to the Australian space sector. It also saw the launch of the Australian Space Discovery Centre, central to the inspirational objectives of the Civil Space Strategy.


Key outcomes 

The Agency:

  • moved to Phase 3 of its Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019– 2028
  • appointed Dr Megan Clark AC, its inaugural Head of the Agency, to a new role as Chair of its Advisory Board
  • welcomed Mr Enrico Palermo as the Agency’s new Head
  • joined 7 other nations in signing the Artemis Accords
  • supported the recovery of JAXA’s Hayabusa2 sample return capsule
  • signed the Australia – UK Space Bridge Framework Arrangement
  • began awarding grants under the Supply Chain and Demonstrator programs of its Moon to Mars initiative
  • granted its first launch facility licence
  • published the first Civil Space Priority Area roadmap, on Communications Technologies and Services
  • released its Economic snapshot of the Australian space sector: 2016– 17 to 2018– 19 report as a baseline to help measure future progress
  • opened its Australian Space Discovery Centre
  • Government departments and agencies are responding to Government investment and new opportunities by increasing their space-related activities


Publication content 

  • Foreword, Enrico Palermo, Head of the Agency
  • Introduction
  • Australian Space Agency
  • Measuring success
  • International
  • National
  • Responsible
  • Inspire
  • Appendix
  • References 


Group of people in desert. One of the people is inspecting capsule which is on the ground.

Figure 6: Recovery of the Hayabusa 2 sample return capsule after landing in the Woomera Prohibited Area 


Kids interact with space museum exhibit touch screeens
Kids interact with multiple Space exhibits and displays

Figure 14 - Views of the interactive space exhibition 


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