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The New Space Economy

Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to our October Monthly News.
The Australian Space Agency is building a moon rover as part of NASA's Moon to Mars program. Find out what this means for our local space economy. CASE Ocean School students recently met two of Australia's top ocean scientists and learned about an innovation about to turn ocean research on its head. Discover how CASE Space School and CASE Ocean School can nurture your child's thirst for innovation and social change.

Australian Moon Rover Signals Innovation Boom
The announcement of the Australian Space Agency's agreement with NASA to build a moon rover is breathing new life into our local space industry. As space innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia and New Zealand gains momentum, opportunities for young people in the global space economy are set to explode.
The rover project is central to the Australian Space Agency's Trailblazer Program. The 'flagship’ of the Australian AU$150m Moon to Mars Initiative, Trailblazer aims to build international relationships, demonstrate Australian space capabilities and stimulate growth of the space sector.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Australia to succeed in the global space sector, and is central to our government's vision to secure more jobs and a larger share of the growing space economy," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
The Government plans to triple the size of the Australian space sector by 2030, which it says will add AU$12 billion to our economy and create up to 20,000 new, high-skilled jobs.
New Zealand's space industry is already flourishing, worth an estimated NZ$1.75 billion and employing 12,000 people directly and in support services. Apart from major players Rocket Lab, there are around 240 different space companies and projects in New Zealand.

All this is great news for today’s students in our region.  And if you’re not considering a degree in astrophysics or aeronautical engineering, that’s ok. Australia’s leadership in robotics technology and remote operations, such as in the mining sector, are key to our role in the Moon to Mars program. And the New Zealand space industry is already richly diverse. It’s likely jobs in our region's space sector will be much broader than the roles commonly associated with space.  Think robotics, artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, even law, ethics and supply chain analysis.
"Australia is at the cutting-edge of robotics technology and systems for remote operations, which are going to be central to setting up a sustainable presence on the Moon and eventually supporting human exploration of Mars," said Enrico Palermo, head of the Australian Space Agency.
Scientific and technological innovation is critical to success in the space industry – and luckily Australia and New Zealand have that in spades.  Now, with the injection of Government support and funding, opportunities for individuals and organisations to get their innovations off the ground are growing.
Gilmour Space Technologies, Crystalaid Manufacture, Black Sky Aerospace, and Inovor Technologies are just some of the recipients of Government grants in the Moon to Mars Initiative.  Each specializing in different space-related technologies and activities, these local companies are representative of the whole sector and the kinds of opportunities that will continue to grow for today’s students.
A career in space is now possible right here in Australia and New Zealand. STEM-qualified students – particularly those with aptitude for innovation and entrepreneurship – will be in the best position to take advantage of this exciting growth industry.
Ocean Insight - Climate Change with a Different Spin
Could robotic whales combat climate change? AND did you hear, there is something happening in the Arctic that no one is talking about!
Last month our CASE Senior Ocean School students participated in an exclusive webinar with Dr. Edwina Tanner from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Dr. Anneke van den Brink from the University of Sydney.
As part of Actura’s ongoing VIP Insight Speaker Series, in the lead up to our 2022 expeditions, students dived deep into two fascinating topics focusing on climate science.

Dr Edwina Tanner discussed the important roles whales play in our ecosystems. Great whales capture and sequester huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (on average 33 tons per whale) making them key contributors in combating global warming. Whales also have the important task of feeding and nourishing phytoplankton with their poop; this is especially important as phytoplankton create over 50% of the oxygen in our atmosphere. Great whales now have a nett worth of AU$2 million per whale equaling over AU$1 trillion for the current stock in our oceans. Dr. Edwina is now in the process of designing and developing a robotic whale prototype which will not only mimic the appearance of a whale but also mimic their carbon capturing and plankton nourishing behaviours! Look out for the robotic whale which could be coming to your nearest ocean soon! Learn more about the ‘mighty whale pump’ here.

Dr Anneke van de Brink also took to the stage to discuss her scientific research in the Arctic looking at the invasion of non-indigenous species into this pristine environment. Climate change is often associated with melting ice caps, but there is a deeper problem brewing. As Arctic ice continues to melt, new shipping channels are opening for large cargo ships to travel through this region instead of taking the ‘long way around’. Although this appears to be beneficial, giving the transport industry a more cost effective and quicker option, it is causing more serious issues no-one seems to be talking about. Large cargo ships from all over the world are transport vessels for small unwanted foreign marine organisms carried in their ballast water and growing on their hulls. While travelling through the Arctic these marine organisms enter the ecosystem and unfortunately have the potential to flourish and outcompete native species for space and food and can even carry and spread diseases. Dr Anneke and her team have identified several potential non-indigenous species. Click here to be transported to the Arctic to see Dr Anneke in action.

We thank the students who joined the webinar and our amazing CASE guest speakers. More CASE Insight VIP webinars are coming up, exclusively for CASE Ocean and Space families! Look out for our email invitations.
CASE Space Entrepreneurship
Creating a culture of entreprenuerialism through space.
Preparing students to grasp opportunities in the local space sector means more than teaching STEM. Young people with innovative ideas, the STEM skills to develop those ideas and the entrepreneurialism to get their ideas off the ground are the ones who will succeed in this environment.
CASE Senior Space School takes students to the world’s hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship - the Silicon Valley - for an intensive immersion. Working outside their comfort zones, they'll be challenged to think and behave like entrepreneurs, visiting world-leading organisations, and learning direct from experts and through exciting projects to test their innovating thinking. Students will practice and refine a range of skills, and unleash their curiosity and creativity in our own innovation competition: ChallengeX.
A Forum for Social Advocacy
The OceanU Forum is set to nurture students' voice for change.
During CASE Ocean School's OceanU Forum, students will put the knowledge they gain during their expedition into action to solve a real-world problem. In a formal town hall style meeting, student teams will represent stakeholders in an important local decision impacting the community and the environment. Students will learn what it takes to advocate for a cause they are passionate about, as they navigate the politics of environmental decision-making in a realistic scenario.
Practicing the art of debating, using research, public speaking, negotiation and influencing skills, this is an extremely valuable experience for students to learn the power and value of their voices in a climate where advocating for environmental and social change is so important.
Learn about NASA's Moon to Mars Program at our Next Webinar
CASE VIP Insight brings NASA experts straight to your living room in live sessions with Q&A.
 
Join our next webinar with Dr Aaron Weaver, Technical Integration Lead for NASA's human missions to the Moon and Mars. Learn first-hand about NASA's Moon to Mars plans that Australia will now be part of.
LIVE presentation and Q&A
Saturday 20 November 2021; 10:00am AEDT
Book Now!
Real STEM - Real SPACE - Real FUN!
This Christmas, join a Live NASA Tour at Space Center Houston in the USA!

All CASE Space Academy students are treated to a live guided tour to see NASA spacecraft and technology. It's an exciting conclusion to their week of fun and authentic space discovery. Students aged 9-13 enjoy loads of hands-on STEM activities, design their own space mission and collaborate on exciting team challenges all guided by their fun and knowledgable space coach. 
 
December Holiday Courses
13 - 17 December, 2021
9am - 11:30am
Bookings close: 3 December
January Holiday Courses
10 - 14 or 17 - 21 January, 2022
Mornings or Afternoons
Bookings close soon
$50 Cash Back for group purchases of 3 or more places.
Book Your Place at CASE Space Academy
The ultimate JUNIOR ocean adventure casts off June-July 2022!

CASE Junior Ocean School is the Australian adventure of a lifetime for students in years 7 to 9, inspiring a future generation of STEAM-skilled ocean explorers.

Bookings closing soon
Discover CASE Junior Ocean School
Actura Staff Favourites…5 Spooky Space Facts for Halloween
As the 'big unknown' space used to be scary. But now that we have the ability to see and hear so much more of space than ever before....is it getting scarier?
  1. Black holes on our doorstep:
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/closest-black-hole-to-earth-found-hiding-in-plain-sight#
  2. The universe could end in 'The Big Rip':
    https://www.americanscientist.org/article/tearing-apart-the-universe
  3. The scary speed of space:
    https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/docs/HowFast.pdf
  4. Galaxies can be cannibalistic:
    https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/1999/news-1999-06.html
  5. Spooky space sounds:
    https://soundcloud.com/nasa/enceladus-hiss-audio?in=nasa/sets/spookyspacesounds
Enjoy your week!
Actura Team
Monthly emails are scheduled to showcase Actura's latest STEAM program updates and STEAM news from around the world. 

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