A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), drawing on the support of Tasmania’s space capabilities including space medicine, ground stations, and tracking facilities has been signed between the Australian Space Agency and the Tasmanian Government.
This MoU will support Tasmania’s existing capabilities, propose areas for expansion and leverage these to grow Australia’s wider space industry.
Acting Head of the Australian Space Agency Anthony Murfett said the signing also builds upon the Space Infrastructure Fund to upgrade space tracking facilities in Tasmania.
The Australian Government has committed $1.2 million to upgrade the University of Tasmania tracking facilities under the Space Infrastructure Fund.
“The Australian Government will support the upgrade of existing infrastructure to commercial standard to allow for precision tracking of satellites and spacecraft for orbit and de-orbit tracking,” Mr. Murfett said.
“We are looking forward to working closely with all states and territories in our effort to grow Australia’s space industry.”
This signing is another step in the Agency’s goal to transform and grow Australia’s space industry to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030.