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Satellite utilisation: a new government policy

The federal government released Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy on 9 April 2013. The Satellite Utilisation Policy outlines the government’s strategy for ensuring ongoing and cost-effective access to space capabilities.

While the policy does not provide any budgetary commitments, it represents the government’s recognition of the strategic and economic importance of the satellite services industry. It provides the government’s vision for the Australian satellite services market.

The policy covers Australia’s approach to ‘space capabilities’. Space capabilities are all the services Australia uses from satellites. This includes the operation of orbiting satellites and their networks, as well as the ground systems and expertise used to access the data emitted from satellites for the benefit of users…

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