3 mins read 27 May 2020

Space Agency releases ‘State of Space’ Report

The Australian Space Agency has released the 2018-2019 ‘State of Space’ report describing Australia’s space industry and community achievements through a number of Government initiatives.

Credit: Australian Space Agency LinkedIn.

The Australian Space Agency has today issued its latest report, highlighting accomplishments across the Australian space sector, produced by the Australian Government Space Coordination Committee.

The report titled ‘State of Space Report’ covers an 18-month period of 1st January 2018 through to 30th June 2019, encapsulating the first full year of operation for the Agency in addition to bringing the report in line with future financial year reporting structure.

The basis of the report is a current status quo on the achievements by the Agency and industry over the period, as per the activities set under the strategic pillars of the Australian Civil Space Strategy – the national plan to transform and grow the local space industry.

Some highlights of the accomplishments achieved as outline in the report (over the period accounted), include:

  • The Agency signing several Memorandum of Understanding statements (MoU) with international space agencies such as France’s CNES, the Canadian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency, and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency
  • Several Strategic Statements of Intent and Cooperation (SSI) with European aerospace manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space SAS, Italian satellite company Sitael, Australian space and defence company Nova Systems, US aerospace primes Lockheed Martin and Boeing, space communication company Goonhilly Earth Station, and Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy
  • State-based MoUs with New South Wales and the ACT were signed
  • Establishment of the Space Agency’s headquarters in South Australia
  • An estimated cumulative media reach of 71 million people through, leading up to 30 June 2019
  • Tracking of AUD 2.001 billion dollars civil space pipeline of capital projects (including R&D) in all states and territories across 88 projects, and inclusive of AUD 729 million dollars of inbound investments
  • 15.6% growth in the Australian space sector in the 2018-2019 period, relative to the 2016-2017 period
  • 14% growth in the number of people employed (~13,200) in the Australian space sector in the 2018-2019 period (and relative to the 2016-2017 period)
  • 10% increase in space-related businesses (~ 766 entities) in the same period

The report also outlines in detail how the Space Agency has worked collaboratively with other Australian Government bodies such as Australia’s leading science agency, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, ACMA, Department of Defence, and more to achieve its primary objectives as set out by its strategy.

Read the full report here