The agreement between the two stakeholders aligns with areas of strategic growth outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy, with EM Solutions leveraging its experience in delivering innovative radiofrequency and SATCOM systems into the emerging Australian space industry.
Dr Megan Clark, AC, head of the Australian Space Agency, said the signing highlights the importance of aligning business with its National Civil Space Priority Areas to grow the industry.
“EM solutions is building on its experience in land and marine satellite terminals to expand its capabilities in space communications,” said Dr Clark.
“Australia can play a lead role in emerging technologies that will enable tracking and communicating across these applications in both traditional geostationary satellites, and new space satellites in low- and medium-Earth orbits.”
Dr Rowan Gilmore, CEO of EM Solutions, spoke about the company’s plan to grow the Australian skill base through the design, testing and assembly of new space hardware.
“EM Solutions is a proud supporter of the Australian Space Agency as it works to grow the space sector," said Dr Gilmore.
“I am delighted that our work in space communications is recognised by signing this joint statement of strategic intent and co-operation with the Australian Space Agency. For more than 20 years, EM Solutions has developed fully integrated systems incorporating its own technology to develop products and subsystems used in the space communications value chain. This includes on-the-move ground terminals for satellite communications, and receivers and transmitters now finding use in next-generation satellite systems.”
The agreement will see EM Solutions expand the capabilities of its Brisbane facility with the construction of a new clean room to enable in-house assembly of electronics suitable for space applications, and as a SmartSat CRC partner, it will focus on enhancing space communications and developing test and certification procedures for space communications.
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 and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.
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