The NSW government has announced funding for seven NSW space start-up companies to attend the AusTrade Landing Pad in the US for an intense ‘boot camp’ learning experience.
Start-ups heading to the US include Arlula, Azimuth Advisory, The Blueprint Lab, High Earth Orbit Robotics, Saber Astronautics, Seaskip and Space Ops Australia.
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the boot camp would provide NSW companies with expert mentoring from established US space businesses.
"NSW is the already the leading state in Australia for space capabilities with about 41 per cent of all Australian space businesses based here generating around two-thirds of space industry related revenue. Exposing our start-ups to the world-leading US industry will further accelerate our growth of the industry here," he said.
Australia’s first astronaut, Dr Paul Scully-Power AM, appointed in May as the NSW Space Industry Ambassador, is leading the bid to host the new Australian Space Agency in NSW.
Dr Scully-Power said the start-ups were selected for their innovative technology development, including next generation mission control software, reusable launch vehicles, and on-demand satellite inspection.
"NSW is in a strong position to build its space industry. We are home to Australia’s first space incubator and are working with 26 space education and research departments across eight universities," he said.
Participating start-ups will visit the AusTrade Landing Pad in San Francisco from 27-31 August.
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