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What do you call a satellite?

South Australian space satellite
23 April 2021

Many people look to the stars for the answers to life’s big questions. What is the meaning of life? What are we having for dinner? What should we name South Australia’s first state satellite?

While some of these questions may never be answered, you can help with launching a stellar title for our newest piece of space hardware.

The SASAT1 Space Services Mission satellite is being designed, built and tested in South Australia and launched into low-Earth orbit next year.

The data it collects will aid farmers in monitoring water levels so they can more accurately predict future crop yields and support emergency services personnel to monitor, manage and mitigate emergencies like bushfires.

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre will lead the mission and Chief Executive Professor Andy Koronios says it will inspire young South Australians to think about future opportunities in space.

“We hope this competition will spark the imagination of young people around our state, not only to submit a name for the satellite, but also to picture themselves pursuing a career in the space industry right here in South Australia.”

The Department for Education is working with the agencies and businesses driving South Australia’s emerging space industry to encourage young people to develop the skills to push forward the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

Information packs for the naming competition including educational resources will be supplied to every South Australian school early in term 2 of 2021.

More information is available at www.saspacemission.com.au