Andrew Dempster

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The announcement that Australia will finally create its own space agency has opened the door for a long-held dream for many: a home-grown Australian astronaut.

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Protecting Australia's water by using satellites to collect local data is just one practical argument supporting the nation's need for a space agency, writes Andrew Dempster.

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Buried ice on Mars could be a water source for interplanetary visits of the future, write Sophia Casanova, Andrew Dempster and Serkan Saydam. 

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Three Australian research satellites – two built at UNSW – blasted off just after 1am to the International Space Station, where they will deploy in orbit to explore the little-understood thermosphere.

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Australia's hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years, writes Andrew Dempster.

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Could we be the last in space? Of all the OECD countries, Australia and Iceland are the only ones without a national space agency, writes Andrew Dempster.

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American cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson has gushed about the prospects of mining in space. Could it really deliver world peace, or will it be just another realm for competition and conflict, asks Andrew Dempster.

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There is a hole in the Australian public administration where a space agency should be, writes Andrew Dempster.

The final space shuttle mission could mark the start of a new era of opportunity in space for Australia, says UNSW's Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research.

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Researchers have warned that GPS systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accidental interference or deliberate jamming, raising concerns about reliability and security.

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