26 September 2023

Space strategy provides lift off

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The NSW Department of Treasury has released a $5 million Space Strategy that outlines its plan to develop the industry in NSW and includes the delivery of a National Space Industry Hub in Sydney.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said the NSW Space Industry Development Strategy would maximise opportunities for NSW businesses to take advantage of the growing demand for space technologies.

“Nearly every industry is looking to increase its output and improve its efficiency through space-enabled technologies,” Mr Ayres said.

“Space is not just about what’s up there, it’s also about what’s down here,” he said.

“These technologies are used in robotics, agriculture, energy, communications, transportation, aviation, advanced manufacturing, information technology and construction.”

Mr Ayres said expressions of interest (EOI) to run the National Space Industry Hub, located in the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct were now open.

“The EOI process will also include searching for a delivery partner to facilitate access to space for start-ups and researchers looking to commercialise their technologies through a space qualification mission,” he said.

He said the strategy also supported a commitment to develop a space manufacturing and testing facility at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The 40-page space industry development strategy can be accessed at this PS News link.

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