The Australian Space Agency said its new agreement with space and defence giant Thales will further strengthen Australia’'s international space connections and create more local jobs.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the statement of strategic intent and co-operation is another important step in the federal government’s plan to create opportunities for Australian industry and new local jobs.
“Engaging with big international players like Thales will allow Australian businesses, including our advanced manufacturers, to carve out a place in the international space supply chain,” Minister Andrews said.
“Space is very much an international game and for Australia to succeed we need to play to our strengths and have our businesses and researchers working co-operatively.
“This statement is designed to mutually identify key areas of investment as well as potential research, development and commercial opportunities.
“The Morrison government plans to triple the size of the Australian space sector by 2030, adding $12 billion to our economy each year, and creating 20,000 new jobs.”
Chief executive of Thales Australia Chris Jenkins said the company was looking forward to working with the Space Agency and harnessing the strength of its global expertise in the space sector to build Australia’s sovereign capabilities.
“Thales has been a long-term investor in Australia’s advanced technology sector, through comprehensive technology transfer and close collaboration with research agencies and specialised Australian SMEs,” Jenkins said.
“Together, Thales and the Australian Space Agency can build and develop the Australian workforce and SME sector to meet the future needs of the growing space economy.”
The Australian Space Agency has also this week signed a statement of strategic intent and co-operation with EOS Space Systems, which will establish further laser ranging sensors across Australia to increase the volume of space objects they track from 10,000 to 100,000 each week.
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