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It’s time to do business in space

The Australian space industry is the new normal, and is forecasted to triple in size in the next decade. Space industry knowledge is now key.

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Regulation in the Australian space industry

What are the legal frameworks governing space operations in Australia and the world? Learn national and global regulatory frameworks for space.

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What is happening in the Space industry?

The space sector is one of the most exciting and inspiring industries today. Australian businesses can now enjoy unprecedented Australian Government support to disrupt their industries and foray into the space sector. The space industry is forecast to triple in size over the next 10 years, and is proving to be an industry that is stable and resistant to economic downturns. (Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability (March 2018), Report from the Expert reference Group)

How can you get involved?

The Australian Government made a call for organisations to leapfrog into areas of future competitive advantage such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analytics to space systems and derived information, next-generation communications to enable broadband space to earth communication as well as innovation in antenna, rocket and spacecraft systems. The options are endless.

What you need to do now….

Swinburne University of Technology has developed two highly relevant and unique short courses:
• Space Applications in the Australian Context
• Space Regulatory Framework.

Course delivery and set up:

Course duration: 6 weeks
Delivery: Blended - online + on-campus one-day intensive workshop

Space applications in the Australian context

The Australian space industry is projected to employ around 30,000 people. (Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability (March 2018), Report from the Expert reference Group)

Space Applications in the Australian Context synthesises critical elements of the global space industry ecosystem, including the role of Australia.

Our experts will guide you through the policy, governance and Australian space industry, and current and potential applications and capabilities, providing a roadmap to this exciting landscape.

You will explore the fundamentals of operating in a space environment, including the physics of space, the solar system and the foundations of rocket science.

Engage with industry leaders as you apply and demonstrate your knowledge and receive feedback through events tailored to your professional context and interests.

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Course details

This course will give you an overview of:

  • the space environment including key terms and definitions to operate effectively within space industries.
  • international space agencies, space management operations, space exploration and budgets
  • the size of the global space industries, and Australia’s portion of it
  • the Australian Space Agency, current research and capabilities
  • legislative and regulatory frameworks and institutions that govern space industries, both domestically and internationally
  • opportunities in the space industries, the roadmap – government roadmap, and the opportunities that stem, roadmap, and applications provide
  • industry engagement and investment in space
  • business opportunities, now and in the future

Who is the course for?

Non-space industry professionals who either have an interest in, are keen to start up a new business venture in or plan a career change from a related industry to the space industry.
Cost: $2,950

Space Regulatory Framework

Space operations conducted by Australian organisations are subject to a range of domestic and international regulatory frameworks, regardless of whether they are upstream (provision of technology) or downstream applications (exploitation of technology).

This subject will introduce you to the key Australian legislation and international agreements/ treaties which govern domestic and international space operations.

Space Regulatory Frameworks will focus on intellectual property in relation to space research and how to collaborate on space research with international partners.

At the successful completion of this unit, you will be able to confidently source relevant legal and regulatory information – and know when to engage expert assistance and advice.

Ground view of a spaceship launching into a clear blue sky.Course details

This course will give you an introduction to:

  • legal frameworks governing space operations undertaken by Australian nationals
  • how to navigate domestic and international space law
  • the role of the United Nations (UN), UN Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS)
  • UN treaties and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions relating to space and space activities
  • institutional structures and regulatory frameworks governing space operations in Australia
  • intellectual property law and contracts.

Who is the course for?

Non-space industry professionals who either have an interest in, are keen to start up a new business venture in or plan a career change from a related industry to the space industry, and space industry professionals who want to learn the legislations of the the new Space Act.

Cost: $2,950

Study the business of space

Swinburne University is offering highly relevant and unique short courses designed to springboard your skills and your organisations’ capability in space applications and the space regulatory framework.