AROSE and MILO Space Science Institute sign MOU to bring Mission Academy to Australia

On the sidelines of the Avalon 2023 Airshow, AROSE and the MILO Space Science Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding which both organisations hope will lead to many young Australian space enthusiasts completing its specialist online course.

The 12-week MILO Mission Academy provides unique, hands-on learning and insight into the dynamic world of space. Students learn mission procedures and protocols from industry professionals as they collaborate with fellow team members to complete mission-related team projects.

Delivered by the Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, the course is designed to prepare the next generation workforce to meet the challenges of space exploration.

The MILO Academy is the global implementation of the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) program that has been available to students across North America for the past three years with more than 7,000 students from 800 colleges and universities participating.

AROSE Program Director Michelle Keegan said the signing of the MOU is an exciting first step to bringing the course to Australia.

“The MILO Academy makes space accessible to everyone, no matter what their background or financial position,” Ms Keegan said. “Not every Australian educational institute has a space program so this course will allow students to gain training in this growing and increasingly important sector for Australia.”

The Milo Academy is designed to support university and TAFE students at all stages of education along with early career professionals.

Ms Keegan said the initiative supports the AROSE mission to grow the Australian talent pipeline for space exploration and operations and inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM. And in addition, take these skills and apply across multiple industries.

AROSE will seek support across states and industry to make the course available in Australia by providing free access for people wanting to participate. More information on this exciting development will be announced in the future.

MILO Space Science Institute is a not-for-profit research collaborative led by Arizona State University, with support from Lockheed Martin.

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