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Australia’s second launch facility licence granted

The Australian Space Agency has granted Australia’s second launch facility licence, for Southern Launch’s facility in Whalers Way, 680km west of Adelaide.

This licence will enable Southern Launch to establish the sub-orbital rocket testing facility, with the potential to host much larger orbital rocket launches in future.

The granting of the Whalers Way launch site follows Australia’s first launch facility licence, granted to Southern Launch in March 2021 for their Test Range in Koonibba.

Funding opportunities open under the Modern Manufacturing Strategy

Funding opportunities are now open under the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS). The $800 million Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) Collaboration Stream encourages businesses and other organisations, such as our world class research sector to work together through collaborative projects that transform and increase competitiveness in the National Manufacturing Priorities (NMP) areas. Businesses are encouraged to start preparing their applications early, ahead of lodging them online between 11 August and 9 September 2021. Businesses can find out more by watching the recording of the information session available soon.

Industry News

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Australian Research Council's Industrial Transformation Research Program
The Australian Research Council has included space as a priority research area for the Industrial Transformation Research Program rounds beginning in 2022.

These priority areas reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to developing critical industry sectors and to support collaboration between universities and industry.
Read about the program, and grant guidelines.

NT Space Strategy 2021-2025
Development of the Northern Territory’s space industry has taken an important leap forward with release of the draft Territory Space Strategy 2021-25, which is now open for feedback. Have your say.

UK-Australia Space Bridge Project Call 
The first collaborative activity within the UK-Australia Space Bridge has launched. It will see the backing of four projects to foster greater collaboration between industry and academia in the UK and Australia. Funding of up to AUD$100,000 available. Applications close 30 August 2021. Submit a proposal.


Agency News

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Work at the Australian Space Agency
The Australian Space Agency is currently hiring for two roles:

NASA Space Apps Challenge
We are partnering with NASA to call people from Australia and around the globe to join the 10th International Space Apps Challenge, held from 2-3 October 2021. We are thrilled to be alongside many other amazing space agencies supporting this milestone event, where innovation and collaboration go hand in hand. The challenge requires you to create teams and use NASA Data to find solutions to space and Earth’s most pressing challenges. Read more.

Supply Chain Grants close tomorrow!
The Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants supports Australian businesses with a demonstrated domestic and/or international space supply chain opportunity. There are three intakes per year, and the next intake closes tomorrow, 5 August 2021. Round four will close in November 2021. Read more.



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Find space events in your community!
There are lots of opportunities to take part in space events and educational programs across Australia. Some are even online, if you can't get out and about. Find what's near you here.




Skykraft: Ready for Flight

Skykraft’s Majura satellite has successfully completed flight qualification at the Australian National University’s Mt Stromlo Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre. Skykraft completed Majura’s test programme with vibration testing, replicating the rocket vibration environment that the spacecraft will experience during launch. With Majura now flight qualified, Skykraft is ready for launch in December 2021.

This represents a leap in capability for both Skykraft and Australia. Skykraft’s Small Satellite (SmallSat) capability is much larger and more capable than a CubeSat. Majura, named after a local Canberran Mountain which hosts a Radar and Aircraft Monitoring station, provides the foundation for Skykraft’s space-based Air Traffic Management Constellation and is the first launch in the development roadmap. Majura will demonstrate space-based VHF communications and provide crucial space-heritage of sub-systems for future missions.
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