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5 Novembre 2021

Australia

LOCAL SPACE PROJECTS BAG $370K FROM NSW GOVERNMENT

The NSW government has invested $370,000 worth of first-round funding towards next-generation space technology. Inaugurating the Space Demonstrator Program, four collaborative projects have been granted up to $100,000 each for developing technologies such as space-based cameras and multi-spectral image satellites. It comes as Australia has more recently begun ramping up space operations after years of trailing behind competing nations. Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the projects chosen cover “wide-ranging sectors” including agriculture, mining and resources, defence, security, transport and bushfire management. “We’re seeing industry-research collaborations to develop very low-Earth orbit spacecraft to further Australia’s private space industry and enhance applications in agriculture and disaster and bushfire monitoring,” Mr Ayres said. Last week, Ayres boasted NSW spearheads capability across every sector within the industry and is becoming the “country’s leader” in space innovation, research and development. The program is under a partnership with the local government and the NSW Node of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, launched in early 2020. According to the press release, the co-funding recipients include: $99,999 for Extraterrestrial Power and the University of NSW to develop extraterrestrial radiation-tolerant silicon solar cells that can be mass-manufactured at low cost; $99,000 for HEO Robotics, the University of NSW, and Australian National University and Infinity Avionics to develop hybrid space-based cameras for target uncertainty; $87,619 for Space Ops Australia Pty Ltd and the University of Sydney to design a multi-spectral image satellite mission targeting a very low-Earth orbit; and $80,000 for Arlula and the 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. (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: Space Connect