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Space Ace Satellite Competition

Space Ace LogoOptus is the leading operator of Satellites in the Asia Pacific region and the only Satellite operator in Australia. In early 2006, Optus will launch the D1 Satellite, which will nearly double the capacity of the current Optus Satellite series.

Optus launched Space Ace, an online science quiz for both primary and secondary school students nationally in April this year.  Over 5310 students entered the competition.  The program was designed to motivate and inspire students towards a career in science, space and technology and is aligned with the launch of Optus' D1 Satellite next year.

The online quiz ran from mid-May to mid-June with eight state and territory finalists drawn across Primary and Secondary schools. The eight finalists travelled to Optus in Sydney on the weekend (27/28 August) to compete in a real time head-to-head challenge, hosted by Dr Karl.

The overall winners will take their teacher and a parent/guardian to see the launch of the D1 Satellite from French Guiana, South America (via Paris) in early 2006.  All runners-up won a $2000 Sony Multimedia pack for their school.

You can access the details of the Space Ace quiz from the Space Ace Website. This includes Fact Sheets on science, the latest news on the D1 Satellite build as well as the “Gravity Challenge” computer game. 


Primary - Jasmine Meagher from Soldiers Point Public School, NSW
Secondary - Matthew Tucker from Taroona High School, TAS


Christopher Paterniti - Mater Christi Catholic Primary School, WA
William Kleid - Haileybury College, VIC
James Bush - Snug Primary School, TAS
Michael Devitt - Pedare Christian College Junior School, SA
Joshua Wan - Robertson State School, QLD
Jasmine Meagher – Soldiers Point Public School, NSW
Brianna Hayes – Evans - Ngunnawal Primary School, ACT
Jacob Hazeldine - St Andrew Lutheran Primary, NT


Space Ace Winners
Primary School finalists of the Optus Space Ace Quiz

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Daniel Ho - Leeming Senior High School, WA
Tahnee Holdsworth - Rochester Secondary College, VIC
Matthew Tucker - Taroona High School, TAS
Hayden Denton - Wudinna Area School, SA
Annabel Leck - Holy Spirit School, QLD
Abigail Too - Smiths Hill High School, NSW
Sandra Wu - Canley Vale High School, NSW
Ian Thai - Lyneham High School, ACT