The partnership between the hub’s manager, Cicada Innovations, and the computing giant will also give tenants the ability to speak to technology advisers to help get their ideas off the ground.
The National Space Industry Hub was launched in February this year with funding from the NSW government. Early tenants include the Space Industry Association, the NSW node of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre and space-mapping platform LeoLabs.
Sally-Ann Williams, Cicada’s chief executive, said, “To be globally competitive in the space industry, Australian organisations need to work collaboratively in the pursuit of a thriving ecosystem.
“Initiatives like the National Space Industry Hub, with the support of industry partners like Microsoft, are critical to this.”
Azure space lead at Microsoft Australia, Lynn McDonald, said that the new deal highlights Microsoft’s desire to increase the accessibility and affordability of space.
“Microsoft is proud to be supporting the National Space Industry Hub, delivered by Cicada Innovations. We’re seeing important and cutting-edge innovation in Australian space start-ups, and we want to enable, support and accelerate their journey.
“We are very excited about the calibre of early-stage space tech innovations being built and commercialised. This partnership will help catalyse further industry engagement and investment into building the Australian space industry.”
Space Connect reported last week how the National Space Industry Hub agreed a landmark partnership with a Bangalore tech incubator to increase access to India’s space sector.
The deal with mach33.aero will offer “tangible support” for local businesses wanting to tap into a recent federal government $25 million fund, alongside access to workspace and mentoring programs.
The cementing of the partnership comes at a convenient time, with India’s major space event, the Bengaluru Space Expo, set to run from 5 to 7 September. Australia has been designated a country partner at the expo, with the head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, set to lead a full in-person delegation at the Expo.
Palermo will be joined by several Australian businesses and a number of delegates supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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