Students to Name Australia’s First State Satellite

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Primary and secondary school students across South Australia will have the chance to name Australia’s first state satellite.

Students will be invited to put forward name ideas for the locally manufactured satellite that reflects South Australia’s heritage and rich cultural and linguistic diversity, with the winner to be announced at the 12th Australian Space Forum later in the year.

The satellite will be sent to low-Earth orbit to collect data as part of the SASAT1 Space Services Mission will aim to help every-day South Australians, aid farmers in monitoring water levels so they can more accurately predict future crop yields and support emergency services personnel monitor, manage and even mitigate emergencies like bushfires.

Premier Steven Marshall said the naming competition presents an extraordinary opportunity for the next generation of space leaders to contribute to the milestone South Australian space mission.

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

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