impression of one unsw’s three miniature satellites launched into space this year. credit: aap image/university of nswan expert review of the australian space industry's capabilities to participate in a global market was announced last week by the minister for industry, innovation and science, arthur sinodinos. he said the aim is to `develop a long-term plan to grow this important and exciting sector` and report in march 2018. interestingly, the words `space agency` do not appear in the announcement, but this was addressed later when the minister spoke to the media.the space community had been expecting an announcement of this sort for some time. many expected one to be made for maximum impact at or near the international astronautical congress (iac) to be held in adelaide in september, when australia's space community will be on show to the world.another failure to launchmany also expected that the announcement would be of the establishment of an agency, rather than yet another committee and review of the industry. there seems to be at least one of these every year, with the past year alone seeing the space activities act review, the space industry association of australia (siaa) white paper and the annual state of space report.that frustration was voiced by the shadow minister for innovation, industry, science and research, labor senator kim carr, when he said aus...