To assist in developing appropriate strategies for cultivating the space ecosystem, the South Australian Government (through the SASIC) and the Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) jointly sponsor an internship program.

This program involves a selected student from the Bocconi University participating in a three-month placement in South Australia. During the placement the student is required to research and analyse the international and local space sectors from a socioeconomic and political perspective, in particular as they relate to enriching the South Australian space economy.

To date seven reports have been produced under this program.

Prepared by: Gianluca Strada, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

This report focuses on the downstream segment of the space economy, for example the exploitation of space technology as opposed to the provision of space technology.

The downstream segment represents the main driver for the future growth of the space economy, for which a significant expansion is expected in the years to come thanks to a new paradigm know as Space 2.0. The new space era sees constellations of smaller and lighter satellites, characterized by quicker and cheaper production, and improvements in accuracy and resolution of space-derived data, making space accessible to an increasingly larger number of users and opening the way to a plethora of commercial applications that were not economically viable or even possible before.

Nonetheless, there is still a lack of understanding of the benefits of these applications from potential users. Filling this gap represents a great opportunity for the Australian space economy and for South Australian businesses to increase their productivity in the future. The report also includes the analysis of a sample of the main South Australian private companies currently active in the downstream segment.

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Prepared by: Ester Lazzari, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

This report scopes the current level of space sector activity in South Australia and its growth potential. In pursuit of this objective, an attempt has been made to measure the size of the local space workforce, its growth rate and its contributions to the Australian space sector. The results of this analysis show that the space workforce, that is the number of people employed in space-related jobs, is of the order of 800 employees, meaning that by national standards South Australia is characterized by an above average per capita space sector workforce (see Chapter 2). Contributing to this result is the fact that the region can rely on various enabling factors, such as a leading university system and strong State Government support.

The performance of South Australia is remarkable, especially considering the fact the South Australian space sector is rather young and that the majority of companies are very small in size. On the other hand, the high proportion of young businesses and enterprises may in part explain the high level of innovation and creativity of the industry. The steep increase in business formation provides some evidence that the market for space related products and services has not yet reached a saturation point, and there are many more opportunities for new businesses to come.

The relatively large number of SMEs lead to the importance of assessing their implications in the space sector. For this purpose, a comparison is done with the case of Germany, which economy is also characterized by a very large proportion of SMEs. From this comparison, it emerges that government support for encouraging small business growth and the establishment of a national space agency will be decisive inputs to drive further development in the space industry.

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Prepared by: Annalisa Piva, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi This report analyses the socio-economic benefits of establishing a dedicated National space agency in Australia. In pursuit this objective, the UK and Canadian experience is analysed, supportive of the argument that a National space agency is an unquestionable source of growth, an investment in the country’s future development, and a continuing driver of innovation.

In a sector that is undergoing increased global competition, Australia is an exciting hub of knowledge, innovative ideas, expertise and space-stakeholders ready to be pushed further to turn any opportunity into a success. The current performance of the space sector in Australia is comparable to the UK before the UK Space Agency was established. The longer experience of the Canadian Space Agency suggests a cluster of useful practices and facts to learn and take advantage from, both in terms of what is best practice and what errors should be avoided.

The establishment of an Australian Space Agency, sustained in an efficient and supportive way, would help Australia tap further into the multi-billion-dollar industry and maximize the space-driven socio-economic benefits, exploiting the opportunities open to it. The result will be – as UK and Canada show – a faster growing turnover and a consequent greater share of the global space economy, the generation of a significant number of jobs, and an ongoing modernization of Australian society.

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Prepared by: Simone Spinelli, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

This report provides insight into venture capital investments in the space industry for commercial activities in the so called NewSpace economy. Venture capital investments are considered crucial for the growth opportunities of new companies. They provide invaluable support during the early stages of establishment where it is difficult to receive funding from other private institutions or even the government. The principal obstacle to investment for start-ups is generally the elevated risk, which only venture capitalists (VCs) are able to bear.

Venture capitalists that invest in space companies are mostly concentrated in the US (particularly in California). One of the major non-US hubs at a country level is the United Kingdom, which hosts about one third of non-US VC firms. Among countries with an emerging space economy, China and India, which boast two of the most advanced space programs in the world, are also starting to open their doors to private investors.

VC activity has showed an interesting increase in commercial space investments in the last 15 years, especially in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) sector. This is due to the new trends that have completely changed the way