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Australia reaches for the stars with new space division

28th May 2021 - 04:05 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The RAAF will host a new Defence Space Division. (ADF)

The RAAF will be the lead agency for Australia's new dedicated space division.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced in May 2021 that it will set up a Space Division headquarters within a year.

The Defence Space Division — rather than a full US-style space force — will be established in early 2022. It will incorporate personnel from all three Australian Defence Force (ADF) services.

Air Mshl Mel Hupfeld, Chief of Air Force, commented: 'We use space daily for understanding the weather, navigating, access to geospatial information and sharing information across Australia or across the world. Defence is delivering capabilities including space domain awareness, sovereign-controlled satellite communications and space-based Earth observation and navigation.'

Hupfield, who is the

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