Adelaide Set to Become Space HQ in the Southern Hemisphere

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Adelaide to become the leading space center in the Southern Hemisphere according to an announcement today.

SmartSat co-operative research center (CRC) announcement came after the Mission Control Center and the Space Discovery Center to be developed in Adelaide.

With already booming space entrepreneurship in Adelaide, today the Federal Government announced $55 million for the CRC to further develop advanced communications and Earth Observations from space.

74 participants from the universities, space companies and government agencies from around Australia will contribute in the center of about $167 million in cash and in-kind contributions.

Premier Steven Marshall said the investment was “another giant leap” towards cementing SA as the nation’s space leader.

“This will be Australia’s biggest ever nationally co-ordinated ecosystem of space industry research collaboration,” he said.

Federal Space Minister Karen Andrews said the CRC would be industry-led and support industries including agriculture and logistics, as well as defense and security.

“This CRC builds on the SA space connection; (it’s) already the home of the Space Agency, and will establish a co-ordinated ecosystem of space research-industry partnerships,” she said.

“The SmartSat CRC will foster the creation of next- generation space technologies and professions, and make Australia more competitive in the US$350 billion global space economy.”

The CRC’s goals include helping 73 PhD students to graduate, encouraging students to study satellites, and inspiring women and indigenous Australians to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

UniSA and Nova Systems have been pushing for a CRC to be headquartered in Adelaide to work on intelligent satellite systems, advanced communications and analytics.

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