The 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC, has come to a close, and the Australian Space Agency heads back to our shores with plenty of success to show for it.
The ASA returns to Australia after signing strategic agreements with three international counterparts, as well as one statement of strategic intent and co-operation with a space industry partner.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews was on hand to sign agreements with the German Aerospace Centre, Italian Space Agency and New Zealand Space Agency.
"International collaboration through agreements like these is a key step in the agency’s aim to transform and grow the Australian space industry," a release from the ASA said.
“I’m travelling to the United States to ensure our space, manufacturing and digital technology businesses are on the front foot when NASA is looking for reliable suppliers and mission partners,” Minister Andrews said before the event.
"The aim of the visit is to strengthen existing partnerships and create new agreements that will benefit our space sector, as well as boost our digital and manufacturing industries.
"When the Morrison government established the Australian Space Agency last year, it was our clear signal that we see the potential for economic growth in the space industry. All up the Coalition has invested over $600 million in the space industry as part of our plan to grow the sector and create 1.25 million jobs over the next five years."
The ASA also signed a joint statement of strategic intent and co-operation with US satellite company Maxar Technologies, which it said will cover "broad areas of co-operation in advanced space technology".
"Maxar is honoured to support the Australian Space Agency as it seeks to expand the nation’s role in the international civil space community, and we look forward to contributing technology and expertise from our 65-year heritage in space to projects and programs that enable them to achieve this goal,” Maxar chief executive Dan Jablonsky said.
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