Australian Space Agency grows space industry with leading-edge downstream capabilities

Stephen Kuper

The Australian Space Agency has signed a statement of strategic intent and co-operation with Australian SME FrontierSI, which delivers spatial information services through a partnership model with the government, industry and university sectors.

Australian Space Agency grows space industry with leading-edge downstream capabilities
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Dr Megan Clark, AC, head of the ASA, welcomed the signing with FrontierSI, noting the importance of working with industry that has strategic objectives that align with Australia’s Civil Space Strategy. 

"The Australian Space Agency is working to transform and grow the Australian space industry, including growing the Australian space economy from $3.9 billion to $12 billion by 2030," Dr Clark said.

FrontierSI said is also committed to increasing diversity and building the future workforce by making space accessible to students and professionals in areas not traditionally aligned with the space industry, including city planning, health and agricultural sciences. 

Dr Clark added, "FrontierSI’s collaboration model, together with its focus on developing downstream markets for space derived information services, align with many of the objectives and priorities outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy, particularly supporting next-generation positioning, navigation and timing infrastructure, Earth observation services and leapfrog R&D."

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Dr Graeme Kernich, CEO of FrontierSI, commented on the enormous growth of the spatial sector and its influence on other industries.

"We are now seeing unprecedented use and dependence on space and spatial technologies. Above all, FrontierSI enables collaborations that deliver high impact solutions for our partners and clients," Dr Kernich explained. 

"FrontierSI has a long history of commitment to this sector and we look forward to a new era of collaboration with the Australian Space Agency that will enable industry to develop new services that integrate current, emerging and future space and spatial data innovations."

The ASA is working to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry. This signing with FrontierSI is a further step towards the agency’s goal to triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion and create another 20,000 jobs by 2030.

Australia’s 10-year plan for the civil space sector is outlined in Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028

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