Already home to more than 100 space-related organisations, South Australia is committed to further growing the local industry and building on the state’s strong history of space activity.
In September 2017 the South Australian Government created the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) to drive space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development.
SASIC provides a whole-of-state-government focal point for both local industry and international companies and organisations. With a team of staff from Defence SA, Department for Trade and Investment, and Department for Innovation and Skills, SASIC coordinates and implements industry and workforce development through initiatives, events, scholarships and an incubator program.
The space industry challenges the innovative skills of our best researchers and engineers and it inspires young people to develop the skills to push forward the frontiers of scientific knowledge.
The growth of space and sustainable defence industries in South Australia plays a key role in the State’s economic development. Capabilities and expertise are concentrated on: earth observation, satellite communications and space-based position, navigation and timing. These space enabling services support activities across a variety of sectors including communication, environmental monitoring and mapping.
The space industry contributes to the development of other priority sectors for South Australia including defence, agriculture, mining and tourism, as well as services for the community such as health and education.
South Australia’s involvement with space dates back to 1947 with the establishment of the Woomera Rocket Range. It is now home to leading-edge research and development in satellite and space technologies. In April 2016 South Australia released the first space strategy of any Australian jurisdiction. In 2017 it hosted the world’s largest space exhibition, the International Astronautical Congress. The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) was created in September 2017 to support the growing space ecosystem as the state propels into a new world of space technology and with the opening of the Australian Space Agency headquarters in Adelaide in February 2020, the state is at the centre of our nation’s future space industry development.
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