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Space domain capabilities showcased at annual event

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Stakeholders across the defence and aerospace industry have demonstrated local capability at SpaceFest 2020.

Space domain capabilities showcased at annual event
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The event, which focused on ground-based sensing technology and data, provided participants with the opportunity to track objects at various levels of orbit before feeding the data to Defence.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds noted the importance of SpaceFest 2020 in facilitating collaboration between Defence, industry, and academia, helping to develop space domain awareness.

“There is no doubt that space is the new frontier of both global competition and co-operation,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Most Australians rely on space technology to power their everyday lives, which is why it’s never been more important that Australia retains a technological edge.

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“This annual event promotes investment in Australian space capability, boosting our regional strength and local capability, and informing how Defence can support and develop Australian industry.”

Minister Reynolds said the event illustrated the importance of the federal government’s $7 billion commitment to transition Defence to a sovereign contributor in space.

“This builds on the development of the Australian Space Agency and underscores the Morrison government’s commitment to Defence’s space capabilities,” she said.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the event, which provided more than 15 organisations the opportunity to demonstrate capability and equipment trials, allowed Defence to “assess and inform” future capability acquisition projects for Defence space domain applications.

“Among the technologies explored by industry participants were passive radio frequency sensors, space surveillance networks and orbit imaging solutions,” Minister Price said.

“The Morrison government’s investment will provide exciting opportunities for Australian industry and look at cutting edge ways to expand the current space capability to meet unique Australian requirements and develop industry partnerships.

[Related: UniSA’s new space age technology to enhance defence capability priorities]

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