CSIRO US and ASA reach out to US space industry players

CSIRO US and ASA reach out to US space industry players

Max Blenkin

The Australian Space Agency, in partnership with the US branch of CSIRO, Australia’s premier national science research organisation, have reached out to US players to talk about space commercialisation.

Earlier this month, the two organisations co-hosted their first roundtable on the future of global space commercialisation. Participants included thought leaders from such big actors as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Accel and Koolock.

The CSIRO partnership with the Australian Space Agency focuses on new technologies that further the commercialisation of space with the aim of tripling the size of the Australian space industry by 2030.

Following the roundtable session, CSIRO US and the newly created Australian Space Agency co-hosted a luncheon reception for over 60 investors, start-ups, scientists, industry experts, Australian government representatives and Fortune 100 aerospace companies.

The objective was to expand the US and Australian open innovation ecosystem to commercialise space.

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Susan Lucas-Conwell, executive vice president of CSIRO US, said Australia had a long tradition of space initiatives, from satellites to communication.

“Our partnership with the Australian Space Agency, as their technology partner, positions CSIRO to play a key role in driving the future of space commercialisation,” she said.

The roundtable and reception followed the participation of CSIRO US in the 35th Annual Space Symposium held in Colorado.

CSIRO sponsored the G’Day reception organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provided opening remarks and participated in the panel of experts discussion that included CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) deputy director Sarah Pearce.

CSIRO US is based in California’s Silicon Valley and is the North American innovation centre for CSIRO.

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