The mission to name the satellite of South Australia has landed in schools
A panel of South Australia-based space industry dignitaries and decision-makers will select a winning name and two finalists from nominations submitted by more than 700 schools across the state.
The winning name will be displayed on the body of the satellite before it launches into low earth orbit in 2022.
Prime Minister Steven Marshall said students are encouraged to consider names that reflect South Australia’s heritage and rich cultural and linguistic diversity.
“South Australia has a long history in space, and the SASAT1 space services mission is our latest contribution to the national ambition to build a thriving space industry,” he said.
“Our school children have a unique opportunity to give the locally made satellite a memorable name and make a significant contribution to the history of South Australia.”
“I am extremely proud to launch this initiative, which aligns directly with the objective of South Australia’s Growth State Space Sector Strategy of inspiring future generations of space leaders.”
With a universe of careers emerging from the space sector, one of the state government’s priorities is to support STEM programs in schools to equip and inspire South Australia’s bright young stars.
Education Minister John Gardner said the competition was a brilliant chance for students from South Australia to contribute at a key moment in the evolution of the state’s emerging space industry.
“I am truly excited by the positive influence of the growing enthusiasm that the South Australian space industry has generated on the subject and the career choices of our young people. For current and future generations of students, space careers will never be an unattainable goal but a realistic ambition that can be fulfilled right here in South Australia.
Registration closes July 2, with the winning name announced by the Prime Minister at the 12th Andy Thomas Space Foundation Australian Space Forum on September 15. This event brings together delegates from the space industry from around the world in Adelaide.
School Resource Kits are now available on the contest website at SAspacemission.com.au.
The data collected by the Space Services mission will help South Australians every day, such as our farmers who will be able to monitor water levels to more accurately predict future crop yields, and emergency service personnel who will have greater oversight to monitor, manage and even mitigate emergencies like bushfires.
The small satellite will be designed, built and tested in South Australia by local company Inovor Technologies, while Adelaide’s company Myriota will provide Internet of Things (IoT) services for the mission, collecting the data and sending it back to Earth. The SmartSat Cooperative Research Center (CRC) will lead the mission as well as the prototyping of the applications.
The satellite will be launched in 2022 and will spend at least three years in low earth orbit.