SA space facilities to help launch jobs

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Young Australians will be inspired to consider a space industry career with the launch of a discovery and mission control centre in Adelaide, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

Mr Morrison has opened the Australian Space Discovery Centre, which includes hands-on interactive space exhibits and provides practical advice for those pursuing a career in the growing sector.

There is also a state-of-the-art mission control centre which will make it easier for local start-ups to control satellites and space missions.

"The Australian Space Discovery Centre will be the go-to destination for curious minds to learn about the wonders of space and to see themselves as part of Australia's space story," Mr Morrison said at the opening on Wednesday.

"But the discovery centre isn't just for the young and the young at heart.

"The cutting-edge mission control centre will enable our local space businesses to track and control their very own missions and satellites, providing critical new capability here on home soil."

Premier Steven Marshall said the new facilities cemented South Australia as the space capital of Australia.

"The federal government has an ambition to grow the size of the Australian space economy to $12 billion by 2030 and create an additional 20,000 jobs," the premier said.

"South Australia will lead this charge and that's a coup for our state."

Australian Space Agency head Enrico Palermo said the mission control centre was part of the agency's space infrastructure fund, targeting investment in common-user platforms to allow Australian businesses and researchers to focus on space-related solutions.

"We are establishing infrastructure for critical space flight and engineering capability," he said.

"Companies and researchers at university will be able to use the mission control centre for pre-flight testing, launch support, as well as communications during flight."