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2 mins read 03 Dec 2019

Australian Space Agency signs strategic deal with Thales

Australian Space Agency signs another strategic deal, this time with international defence giant Thales.

Three satellites in space, lined up and view out to distant against background stars. Forming part of Thales Alenia Constellation.
Thales Alenia Constellation satellite constellation. Credit: ThalesGroup.

The Australian Space Agency has signed a third Strategic Statement of Intent, this time with international defence giant Thales, further connecting the Australian space industry with the global market.

This comes, after signing two other statements within the last month that further boost the Agency’s collaborative network of local and international partnerships from a range of organisations – tracking towards strategic objectives set out by the Agency.

Within the last two weeks, the Agency has also signed statements of intent with EOS Space Systems and EM Solutions, opening up opportunities for local talent and resources in space situational awareness and satellite communications.

“Engaging with big international players like Thales will allow Australian businesses, including our advanced manufacturers, to carve out a place in the international space supply chain,” said Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.

“Space is very much an international game and for Australia to succeed we need to play to our strengths and have our businesses and researchers working cooperatively.

“This statement is designed to mutually identify key areas of investment as well as potential research, development and commercial opportunities.

Thales has been operating in the Australian market since the 1890s and has worked closely with both the Australian Defence Force and the CSIRO. Currently, Thales employs 3,700 staff across 35 sites and supports over 3,000 Australian small-medium enterprises through supply chains that lead to the French company.

Chief Executive Officer of Thales Australia Chris Jenkins said the company was looking forward to working with the Space Agency and harnessing the strength of its global expertise in the space sector to build Australia’s sovereign capabilities.

“Thales has been a long-term investor in Australia’s advanced technology sector, through comprehensive technology transfer and close collaboration with research agencies and specialised Australian SMEs,” Mr. Jenkins said.

“Together, Thales and the Australian Space Agency can build and develop the Australian workforce and SME sector to meet the future needs of the growing space economy.”

It’s hoped that all new statements of intent will allow further jobs to be created within the Australian space industry, in line with the Agency’s 2030 targets.