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Sky’s not the limit? Australia’s space division that’s joining the military



It turns out the sky’s not the limit for the Australian military… It’s set to launch its own space division, next year.

But the question is… why is it part of the military?

Across the seas… NASA is seperate from the US military, but all branches have provided the space agency, with talent since the first astronauts were announced in 1959

The military space command, will draw on all aspects of the Australian Defence Force.

Including personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Air Force.

Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts to become Australia’s first space commander.

Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts will take over the newly created position of Head of Space Division from January.

The Air Force chief has previously said that unlike other nations such as China and Russia… Australia won’t develop technologies to attack enemy satellites.

So If not for war… why does the space division need to sit within the military?

Well, Defence capabilities will focus on protecting Australia’s satellites and space traffic.

Having a space division within the military also plays a role in space diplomacy.

Australia is following in the UK’s footsteps.

Just last month the UK Space Command launched… staffed from the Royal Navy, British Army, and Air Force.

A space division in the military will allow Australia to join its allies.

In the age of spaceX …. It’s never been more important to fuel space capabilities, and for the land down under to coordinate at the same level as its allies too.


Four dead in Russian military plane crash



Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney



Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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