South Australia will be home to Australia' s new space agency. Just sounds like baby steps at the moment but by 2030 the space industry could create up to 20,000 jobs. SA beats strong competition to be home to Australia's new space agency It is also good to see Australia once again seriously getting back into the space industry. A little known fact is that Australia was actually the third nation to build and launch a satellite back in the 1960s. Joe Bjelke-Petersen ... the former premier of Queensland ... was pushing the idea of a spaceport back in the 1980s. For those who remember old Joe you would hardly describe him as a visionary but even he saw the potential of this industry. Anyway with around a hundred satellites launched every year and that number expected to increase dramatically over the coming decades its good to see Australia belatedly re-entering the space industry.