The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has launched two new space sector programs, the Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) and the International Space Investment (ISI) initiative.
The SIF will fill space infrastructure gaps to support businesses and researchers to participate in the global space economy.
The ISI initiative supporting projects will enable Australia to participate in the activities of international space agencies.
Projects under the SIF include:
- A mission control in South Australia to support businesses and researchers to control their small satellites
- A robotics command and control centre in Western Australia to support the use of robotics and automation in space
- Supporting future space manufacturing capability at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis
- Supporting facilities in Tasmania to track space objects
The ISI initiative will help unlock international space opportunities for Australia, and expand the capability and capacity of the space sector.
In June and July 2019, the Australian Space Agency ran consultations about the design of the International Space Investment initiative.
The ISI is expected to open in late 2019.