Australian Space Park shoots for the stars

03 Mar 2022

The Federal Government has announced $20 million funding for a common user facility at the Australian Space Park as part of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).

Today’s announcement will supplement industry investment into the Australian Space Park by Fleet Space Technologies, AT Space, Alauda Aeronautics and Q-CTRL. The common user facility will support sovereign space capability development that will enable the development, integration and test of space hardware. 
With the Australian Space Agency, Mission Control and a cohort of space start-up companies already based in Adelaide, the Australian Space Park will see South Australia at the forefront of satellite and space component manufacturing. As a natural extension of Lot Fourteen, it will also support space companies to progress from prototyping to production at scale, within close proximity of the CBD. 
The Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative provides the opportunity to construct a common user facility within the Australian Space Park that will be capable of small constellation manufacturing and enhanced manufacturing capability.
The Australian Space Park will accelerate Australia’s sovereign space manufacturing capability and support the national aim to triple space’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product to $12 billion by 2030. 
Flavia Tata Nardini, Co-Founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies, on behalf of the industry consortium, said the addition of the common user facility at Australian Space Park is critical to help grow sovereign capability and boost Australia’s growing reputation for industry capability within the global Space and advanced aerospace sectors.
“I think it’s vital that our shared facility has the capacity to support not just the South Australian industry, but the Australian space industry as a whole,” Ms Tata Nardini said.
“The Federal Government supporting the vision and the strategy of South Australia puts Australia on the international space map. Manufacturing for space is a complicated task so having Federal Government support means we can now further develop our manufacturing capability and ultimately, our satellite launching capacity.”
The establishment of the Australian Space Park was announced late last year (December 2021), with the facility to be based close to Adelaide Airport, in partnership with four space companies – Fleet Technologies, Q-CTRL, ATSpace and Alauda Aeronautics, who will co-locate onsite.
For further information visit Australian Space Park.