Satellites provide critical ISR and communications capabilities. Why is Australia determined to lag behind other nations with building a space industry?
Few would disagree that space is one of the most important dimensions of modern warfare. A cornerstone of a nation’s communications and ISR capabilities; a robust, sturdy and aggressive space campaign can afford nations the opportunity to gain untold intelligence on one’s opposition while also destroying their ability to transmit information.
However, despite the huge benefits of a strong space program, Australia still lags behind the world and even its neighbours.
Lloyd Damp, CEO and founder of Southern Launch, writing in ASPI’s The Strategist last week outlined that unlike Australia, our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific such as Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines have acknowledged the economic importance of a strong space industry.