ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE ACADEMY
"Exploring the Overview to Expand the Inner View"
The Space Shuttle 'ascends' over the Academy skies
- A not-for-profit enterprise to provide space education to a
- Globally through the ASA web site,
- To the general public through open days and nights,
- To selected groups through tours and space camps,
- Scientific research opportunities.
- To provide facilities to:
- Inspire an expanded view of our space/time environment
and develop a deeper awareness of space,
- Simulate other environments,
- Allow space-related activities and learning,
- Monitor the space environment.
- To host space related experiments/sensors from other national
and international organisations.
Stars circle the south celestial pole over the ASA entrance
Spacelink will provide communication between the Academy and the
outside world, via:
- Terrestrial and space radio communication
- Network access
- Satellite data downlink
- Local information broadcast and distribution
- SPACE WATCH
Comprising an optical and radio observatory to permit and
demonstrate astronomical observations.
- SPACE DOME
A small planetarium to provide a controlled environment in which
features of the sky can be explained at any time of day or night.
- SPACE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE
To provide monitoring of the Earth's near space environment through
continuous observation of the Sun, the geomagnetic field, the
ionosphere, the magnetosphere and various terrestrial parameters.
To provide space environmental data to external customers. To
facilitate and coordinate external research projects in this area.
- SIMULATION CENTRE
To provide experience of environments other than those commonly
experienced on Earth:
- High-g simulator (centrifuge)
- Low-g simulators (pool and drop tower)
- Low pressure simulator (hypobaric chamber)
- Disorientation trainers (Barany chair, gyro)
- FLIGHT CENTRE
Including an 800m (2600ft) long landing strip (runway)
- Planetary flight simulation
- Atmospheric flight to demonstrate 3D and zero-g
- Space and planetary flight training
- Flight activity coordination (aircraft, balloons, rockets)
- Tracking and Navigation (optical and radar)
- SPACE MUSEUM
History of space activities and applications.
- SPACE GALLERY
Space art display.
- CLASSROOM & LABORATORY
- SPACE CLINIC
Safety, first aid, space medicine and exobiology.
- REMOTE SENSING
Using space based imagery to demonstrate the applied nature of space
in weather monitoring and forecasting, geographical land use, and
Entrance to the Australian Space Academy
The Space Academy was registered in 2000, and 40 hectares of land at
Meckering, Western Australia was purchased for the physical campus of
Development of the facilities will be accomplished as time and funding
We welcome enquiries from organisations and individuals with space
related interests who may wish to assist in ASA development or who might
be interested in siting space-related experiments or monitors on the ASA
The deep purple S represents interplanetary space - a very good vacuum
by Earthly standards, but certainly not completely black or empty. The
blue of the letters representing Australia and Academy are the blue of the
terrestrial sky. The banner on which the letters stand represents the
vegetation on the regolith of the Earth.
John A Kennewell (PhD)
Malcolm H Wilkinson (Dr)
Owen D Giersch
Lois M Kennewell
Australian Space Academy
PO Box 3
Western Australia 6405
Latitude 31.5o S
Longitude 117o E