Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has announced a new Space Weather Hub will open at Lot Fourteen next year.

Supported by the Australian and South Australian governments, the Space Weather Hub will see BOM’s weather scientists, researchers and customer engagement specialists located alongside other major space companies already calling Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen home.

The Bureau monitors and forecasts space weather similar to the way if it does on Earth, providing important advice to industry, enabling them to reduce the risks of these impacts.

Premier Steven Marshall said this hub, announced during World Space Week 2021, has added another important piece of the space industry puzzle at Lot Fourteen.

“South Australia is home to more than 90 space-related organisations, making the state the undisputed national centre of Australia’s space industry,” Premier Marshall said.

“With the Bureau’s space weather team joining the ranks at Lot Fourteen, this vital precinct for our state is going from strength to strength.

“There is something special about the space sector – the enthusiasm and passion the industry has seems impossible to dampen, and the addition of the Bureau to the mix here in SA is going to be huge for the sector.”

Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said this hub will ensure better preparedness for a space weather event.

“Australians are familiar with the Bureau’s weather forecasts, but many would not be aware that it also plays a role in ensuring we are prepared for the effects of events that come from beyond the Earth’s atmosphere,” Minister Ley said.

“Having the Bureau’s space weather team located in this precinct will enable industry and other stakeholders such as Defence to be even more prepared to respond to space weather events, protect infrastructure, the community and participate and support the development of industry-specific plans.”

The Space Weather Hub will open in 2022 and will include a staff of 18 across a Space Weather Forecasting Centre, customer engagement and Space Weather Research teams.

Read the media release here.