Australian Space Agency holding consultations for infrastructure

The Australian Space Agency is holding consultations to inform the design of its Mission Control Centre in Adelaide and Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Perth.

The two projects are part of seven investments in the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund. The fund invests in targets to remove barriers to the growth of the space sector in Australia.

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science said the Mission Control Centre will aim to provide a platform for SME’s and researchers to control small satellite missions and offer access to space-enable data.

The Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre will support robotics activities in space.

The public’s views are being sought on proposed objectives and the delivery frameworks for the two projects by 24 September 2019.

For the industry, face-to-face sessions on the respective projects are being held in Adelaide on 20 September and in Perth on 23 September.

The Australian Space Agency appointed an Advisory Group which held its inaugural meeting recently. The group is made of eight members drawn from a range of industry and academic organisations.

The Advisory Group’s initial discussions focused on strategic direction and agency performance, overview of the Australian Civil Space Strategy and priorities; agency programs including the SIF and International Space Investment initiative.

Priorities also include business development activities along with national and international engagement; and regulatory progress and activities to support Australia’s international obligations.

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