Australia participates in space race in new defense sector


Australia will join the countries protecting space assets with the Australian Defense Force (ADF) announcing a new space division within the Royal Australian Air Force on Wednesday.

This sector recruits personnel from all areas of ADF, reflecting the importance of the space territory to Australia’s national security. It will be operational from the beginning of 2022.

Air Force Chief, Air Force Marshal Melhuppfeld Said Having access to the space was essential for ADF’s multi-domain operations.

“Every day, we use Space to understand and navigate the weather, access geospatial information, and share information throughout Australia or around the world,” says Hupfeld.

The establishment of a new space sector means Australia will join the ally. England, United States, and JapanBy having a dedicated space military unit. This happens after countries like Russia and China have declared the territory of space a developing risk territory as they invest more and more in anti-space weapons (pdf).

Anti-space weapons are defined by the Center for Strategic and International Studies as being able to “destroy, degrade, or destroy” the space infrastructure owned by other countries and “endanger their ability to use space territories.” I am.

There are four types of weapons: kinetic physical, non-kinetic physical, electronic, and cyber, which pose a serious risk to the space environment and the ability of all nations to use it.

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On December 2, 2013, a rocket equipped with a lunar explorer was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, China. The Chinese administration is developing space weapons designed to destroy or invalidate satellites. (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)

That was what Hupfeld pointed out by explaining that the region is becoming more and more contested and it is becoming more difficult to protect Australia’s interests.

“Defense requires the ability to directly contribute to space outcomes as a disputed territory,” he said.

The federal government plans to increase its investment of $ 7 billion (US $ 5.5 billion) over the next decade to help establish the space sector and ensure access to space, space services, and geospatial information.

The new division will be led by Maj. Gen. Cass Roberts. Cass Roberts said his position was a dream come true.

“It’s a tremendous feeling to reach out to the stars and actually get there,” Roberts said. “As an aerospace engineer, I’ve always been fascinated by space, the ultimate highlands.”

This move is welcome news for Malcolm Davis, a defense analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.he Said The new Space Force provides a good opportunity to centralize and maintain expertise from both the unified and private sectors of ADF so that knowledge and expertise are not lost.

“The universe is a complex, fast-moving operational combat area that requires constant thought and attention,” says Davis. “If space is treated as a retrofit in the Defense Program, or if technical expertise is constantly lost due to personnel relocation, the challenge … simply cannot be met properly.”