The Andy Thomas Space Foundation today launched its 2022 Space Education Fund, with an expanded set of scholarship and prize programs, to a value of more than $300,000, creating high-quality space education opportunities for students and researchers across Australia.
This announcement follows the Prime Minister’s announcement on 25 February that the Morrison Government is injecting more than $65 million to support new space initiatives including sending another Australian on a future space mission.
A key element of the PM’s announcement was that improving our national space capability and creating exciting career opportunities is at the heart of as part of our national mission to triple the size of the sector to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 new jobs by 2030.
Commenting on the Foundation’s achievements to date the CEO, Nicola Sasanelli AM, said ‘In the first two years of operations, the ATSF has provided diverse education opportunities for students and young researchers across Australia, generating more than half a million dollars in scholarships, prizes and awards. These opportunities would not be possible without the success of the biannual Australian Space Forum, Australia’s premier B2B space event, and the support of our sponsors and donors.’
In 2022 nine programs will benefit Australian students, ranging from primary students to post-graduates, including a new program funded by a company from the Netherlands involved in supplying an earth observation instrument for the Kanyini Australian satellite. All of our programs are designed to advance the Foundation’s mission of providing diverse and accessible opportunities for young people who have a passion for space.
ATSF Chair, Michael Davis AO said ‘We were delighted with the response to our ambitious inaugural programs. There is no doubt that young people are intrigued by the wonder of space, and by sustaining and rewarding their interest, the Foundation is making a tangible contribution to the development of our industry and the creation of a highly-skilled, STEM-educated workforce. ‘
For more information about The Andy Thomas Space Foundation visit https://andythomas.foundation/