Space

South Australia has a rapidly growing space innovation ecosystem and is well placed to become Australia's hub for future space industry development.

"Quod Invenias Explorans Spatium Progressus Est Humanitatis"
"Human Progress is in Space Exploration"

 

Already home to over 60 space-related organisations, South Australia is committed to developing strategies to grow the local industry and to increase research and development collaboration as well as international engagement.

Launched in September 2017, the new South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC), marked the creation of the nation’s first dedicated centre to grow the local space economy and create future high-tech jobs.

SASIC will build on the work of the previous Space Industry Office at Defence SA to drive space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development. The team promotes an active network and enhances cooperation among the main stakeholders of the space innovation ecosystem, including facilitating opportunities for engagement with international partnerships.

The growth of space and sustainable defence industries in South Australia plays a key role in the state’s economic development. The main capabilities and expertise are concentrated on: earth observation, satellite communications and space-based position, navigation and timing. These space enabling services support activities across a variety of sectors including communication, environmental monitoring and mapping.

The space industry contributes to the development of other priority sectors for South Australia including defence, agriculture, mining and tourism, as well as services for the community such as health and education.

SASIC has carriage of the state’s space strategy, the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (South Australia) Action Plan 2016-2020This strategy is underpinned by three pillars:

  • growing South Australia’s economy through space activity
  • invigorating South Australia’s space innovation ecosystem
  • engaging international cooperation with lead countries.

For more information, please visit the SASIC website www.sasic.sa.gov.au.

South Australian Space Capability Directory 

The South Australian Space Capability Directory provides a picture of the existing South Australian space community. The publication features key information about the enterprises, consultancies, associations, researcher organisations, educational institutions and government departments currently contributing to our state’s vibrant space ecosystem.  

Other activities include an internship program which contributes to the development of appropriate strategies for cultivating the space ecosystem.

Enquiries, please contact Mr Nicola Sasanelli AM, Director, South Australian Space Industry Centre, tel: +61 8 8463 6173 or nicola.sasanelli@sa.gov.au