And the new Australian space agency is going to… South Australia

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  • The new Australian Space Agency (ASA) headquarters will be established in Adelaide, on the site of the old hospital.
  • SA Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement today alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
  • The ASA will be tasked with tripling the size of Australia’s space industry by 2030.

Adelaide is set to become the established home of the Australian Space Agency (ASA), following a joint government announcement this morning.

The ASA headquarters will be centrally located on North Terrace in the city, replacing the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The agency will aim to triple the size of Australia’s space industry by 2030 and create 20,000 jobs, The Advertiser reports.

SA Premier Steven Marshall was joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning to announce the decision.

“Australia’s space industry is set to hit new heights. This agency is going to open doors for local businesses and Australian access to the US$345 billion global space industry,” Morrison said.

Today’s location announcement follows the official launch of the ASA in July, after an 18-month consultation period.

The ASA logo, made up of eight Aboriginal constellations and star maps.

It came with a relatively small $41 million commitment from the federal government, to be allocated over four years.

But the decision was still applauded by industry veterans, many of whom have advocated for a centralised agency to help foster growth in the burgeoning industry.

Flavia Tata Nardini, the CEO and co-founder of Adelaide-based company Fleet Space Technologies, welcomed today’s announcement.

“Space and the related industries provide South Australia a huge economic opportunity, and this spells the beginning of an amazing future for not just South Australia, but for the entirety of Australia,” Nardini said.

“The space industry significantly impacts some of our most important industries, like defence, agriculture, mining and tourism, as well as services for the community such as health and education. All of these industries will now be looking to SA to help them succeed.”

The ASA will have an initial staff of 20 and it’s current head, former CSIRO chief Dr Megan Clark, will set up an interim office at the new location.

Along with the new space agency headquarters, Adelaide also secured a City Deal — a joint initiative involving federal, state and local governments — to develop the site into an international tourist drawcard.