The Liberal-National Government is backing the University of Canberra as part of our national commitment to grow Australia’s space sector and create local jobs.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the $432,500 grant would support the University of Canberra’s VertiSense-Mitigation of Sensorimotor Effects of Simulated Weightlessness Project.

“Researchers at UC are looking into ways to counter the sensorimotor disturbances experienced by astronauts after spaceflight.”

“Canberra is home to some brilliant minds, and it is fantastic to see our researchers recognised with this grant,” Senator Seselja said.

“We have a rich connection with space here in the ACT, including providing vital infrastructure to facilitate the broadcast to the world of the moment Neil Armstrong walked on the moon back in 1969.”

“I commend the work of our researchers continuing in this field, and look forward to seeing the benefits of their work as Australia continues to invest in space,” Senator Seselja concluded.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the total of 10 projects across the nation sharing in $11 million would boost jobs and skills in the space sector, and contribute to the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The space industry is a key growth sector that will form an important part of our economic recovery and help us emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger than ever,” Minister Andrews said.

“Investment in the space sector not only supports the creation of high tech jobs here in Australia, but also develops technologies that can support other areas of competitive advantage for our nation including agriculture and mining.

“This support will strengthen Australian business and university connections with international industry and space agencies, helping our businesses to prove themselves on the global stage and potentially secure more work in the future.”