NSW government funds space research


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EThe Earth Observation research projects are among those that have received a share of nearly $ 370,000 co-funded by the NSW Government’s Space Demonstration Program.

The program, run by the NSW node of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Center (CRC), provides co-funding for projects of up to $ 100,000 for industry to partner with university researchers.

Among the co-beneficiaries of the space demonstrator program are:

  • $ 87,619 for Space Ops Australia Pty Ltd and the University of Sydney to design a multispectral imagery satellite mission targeting very low earth orbit
  • $ 80,000 for Arlula and CSIRO to research and develop an automated technical solution that solves the problem of integrating large commercial Earth observation data workflows into open source and academic projects

“Supporting the ideas and innovations of the space industry is not just about creating the jobs of the future. Western Sydney and Trade and Industry Minister Stuart Ayres.

NSW SmartSat CRC Node Coordinator Dr Tim Parsons said this first round of approved demonstration projects represents a suite of new space technologies and capabilities.

“From cameras to solar panels, from CubeSat design to Earth observation data APIs, we look forward to seeing the results of these demonstration projects in action in space. We are waiting for more interesting proposals from this call for expressions of interest, and we have other programs coming up – check out this space! ” he said.

“This cofinancing will allow HEO Robotics to boost collaborations with our academic and industrial partners, thus advancing space innovation born in New South Wales. Sydney in particular is gaining a global reputation for space sensing, ”said HEO Robotics co-founder and CEO Dr William Crowe.

Mr. Ayres also announced the opening of the node’s space sector mobility program and the R&D infrastructure access program.

“The space sector mobility program will fund internships of up to six months in companies or universities to pave the way for the development of industry-research partnerships. The R&D Infrastructure Access Program will provide successful applicants with access to research equipment, laboratory space and related infrastructure, ”said Mr. Ayres.

The Space Demonstrator, Space Sector Mobility and Access to R&D Infrastructure programs will assess applications as they arise. To learn more about Node funding opportunities, visit https://smartsatcrc.com/about/nsw-node/.

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