Expressions of interest are being sought for a partner to operate the Common User Facility (CUF) within the Australian Space Park (ASP), Australia’s first dedicated space manufacturing hub.

The CUF will drive collaboration between local space manufacturers and support companies to manufacture at scale, accelerating the country’s sovereign space manufacturing capability and capacity.

The South Australian Government is investing $20 million in the Australian Space Park, while the Federal Government is providing an additional $20 million in funding to support the expansion of the CUF, which will see growth in manufacturing of small satellites, payloads, rockets and components right here in Adelaide.

Private companies Fleet Space Technologies, Q-CTRL, ATSpace and Alauda Aeronautics have already signed on as partners and co-investors.

Expressions of interest are sought from either a single entity (prime contractor) or a consortium with the capability, capacity, and resources to operate the CUF, to drive the development of Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration, and Test (MAIT) activities across space manufacturing projects.

The successful CUF operator will be selected in a two-stage procurement process. This EOI stage focuses on developing a shortlist of respondents with the appropriate approach to operate the CUF.

Applicants interested in operating the CUF are encouraged to present their best proposal at EOI stage, as shortlisting will be finalised at this stage.

The shortlisted respondents will be invited to participate in a request for proposal (RFP) process and the submission of a proposal. Further information on proposed site location, building size and layout will be provided to shortlisted EOI respondents as part of the RFP process.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest will only be accepted through the SA Tenders and Contracts website and close at 2.00pm (ACDT) on Monday 31 October 2022.

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