Australia ends in space. The head of the Spanish space agency Megan Clark said. This continent, which is the perfect place to enter the galaxy in the southern hemisphere, has been one of the most developed countries to get a space agency and could not understand why.
For this reason, last year, he led an expert committee from Clark to determine Australia's space capabilities, and he was shocked. The existing industry was much larger than the previous ones. And never had Clark ever seen, so with sudden agents: most players have long sought a space agency to attract investment, support, and guidance to act as the only gateway to Australia.
"And this is a really easy task because you can go to the government and say" The country joins, there is a step to be taken here. There is no problem; there is no interest. "," Ms Clark said in an interview. "And it's not a small group, it's not a small voice, it's a nation that wants it."
The Australian Space Agency officially started months earlier in July when Clark was appointed prime minister. Now, the plan will focus on the value of Australian space industry three times a year from $ 7 billion to $ 9 billion between 2030.
Clark and his team started on the ground. The agency has signed memoranda of agency agencies in France, the United Kingdom and Canada, has been praised in the decision of the United States House of Representatives and called for more cooperation when it signed the statement of intentions of Airbus.
When the creation of the agency was announced, the public was somewhat skeptic with a low budget of $ 30 million in four million euros. It led to the creation of Boomerang-shaped rocket cartoons and Internet jokes, Australian Research & Space Exploration, or ASS. (Comparing, NASA's quote is approximately $ 20 million).
Clark is not enough. By the way, the size of the agency budget is not very important at stake immediately. As the NASA budget allocates to the American space industry, ASA's goal is to attract investment and create international cooperation, to channel industry and enter a national banner, to help it grow – it's a harder role.
"The role of the government is being set up as the sole founder, partner and facilitator," said Karen Andrews, the new science and technology minister, in September at the Australian Space Research Conference. "Partnerships are expected to move to new businesses, adding industrial growth".
Mrs. Clark is very well equipped for driving the agency because her pains are growing. His career, called "higgledy-piggledy," divides the bank into a venture capital from geological mining to venture capital, and became the first CSIRO director, an Australian scientific research agency. Each one of his positions, he said, has turned into a discovery-related economic value – the main goal of most space agencies.
Like many colleagues, Clark remains the mystery of space, especially to decode Australian roles. He talked with enthusiasm about landing NASA's Marsian vehicle, when he was the chief executive officer of CSIRO, through NASA's space-intensive space-based CSIRO space center. He made a virtual reality program from Melbourne based developer, taking care of Opaque Space, NASA and Boeing Defense.
He repeated his mantra "make it in front of you". The ladder has increased its work, at the same time, due to the experience that had been made at the age of 12 by the tactical fight against pressure. A doctor said he had not passed the sensitive nerve, like teens, he never had stress for adults. In a sense, he has dedicated his life to the doctor by proving wrong.
He does not leave much confrontation to the discovery, the curiosities that caused serious problems at the beginning of the decade: he worked underground mining in western Australia, something that was against the rule.
"It was a game, even when it happened that a mining inspector, who came to the surface, and had not seen it underground or was not working underground, had a blind eye," said Clark. "And I thought that it lacked integrity:" This is what I have done and I will not hide. "
At that time, his leader told him to fire or move, but he got into his defense and got an exception, and the law changed in 1986. The experience was "face to face" but he did not regret it. wool
Clark Perth called the most isolated capital city in the world and the "latest capillary of the global network". There were only two career opportunities in western Australia, as the world was going: mining and oil. He chose mining.
It's a sense of adventure, which is a characteristic of Australian Australians, and the "world is there, not here". He decides where he will have his doctorate. In economic geology – Queen's University of Ontario, Canada – he knew that he was sticking to a worldwide pin in Perth's world.
Now, he says, the Australians should take advantage of this adventurous instinct to travel beyond the planet beyond generations, not just in the world. Opportunities for access to the Australian market have been, of course, slim – three Australian astronauts received an American citizen and worked at NASA, but now they want to go back to power.
Work schedules sometimes overlooks the head of the space agency and the woman as effective as herself. But she also received letters for children, young men, reminds space space for young people to inspire.
"You will see in space, it was a curiosity. They beat some of these people, but many people do not end up in the space sector," he said. "The curiosity is very important and the sense of being a child and being a little nerdy."
Australia would not start up its rocket soon. But he feels confident that he will see a red planet all over his life, and he expects it to be an Australian.