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Modern Manufacturing grants open

Space is a priority area under the Australian Government's Modern Manufacturing Initiative, with grant opportunities now open for funding until 22 March 2021.
 

Manufacturing Translation Stream

This stream helps Australian manufacturers translate high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient. Apply here.
 

Manufacturing Integration Stream

This stream helps Australian manufacturers to access domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets and fostering Australia’s reputation as a modern manufacturing leader. Apply here.

AGENCY NEWS

Reminder: Space Medicine and Life Sciences consult


Due to strong interest from stakeholders, the consultation is now open until 21 March 2021.The consultation will provide an overview of the ambitions and plans of the Australian space industry, and inform a roadmap for SMLS investment, collaboration and growth. Read more.

Reminder: Long-term space sustainability survey


The Australian Space Agency’s survey on Australia's Implementation of the Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities has been extended until COB Friday 5 March 2021. This survey will guide input for the upcoming Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting in April 2021. Read more. 

Agency signs with ISRO
 


The Australian Space Agency and Indian Space Research Organisation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It symbolises the importance of the strong collaborative partnership between the Agency and ISRO, which will look to identify new areas of cooperation in space technology, applications, education and outreach. Read more.

Agency signs Space Bridge with UK


Australia and the United Kingdom have strengthened their ties in space. On 23 February 2021, both countries signed the Space Bridge Framework Arrangement that will grow jobs across the industry. The Arrangement enhances cooperation across both countries to grow our space industries. Read more.

INDUSTRY NEWS

UTas signs with Astrogate Labs


The University of Tasmania and Astrogate Labs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the next generation of hybrid communications in space. Astrogate Labs will host its first optical ground station at the University’s Ceduna Observatory in South Australia. Read more.

SmartSat webinar: 
Introduction to Australian Space Regulation


This webinar is one in a series of educational webinars hosted by SmartSat and presented by industry in support of the Moon to Mars Demonstrator grant program. The aim is to help the developing space industry to understand the significant challenges of putting systems into orbit. Read more.

DefendTex successfully fires new engine


Last week, Australian research consortium led by DefendTex achieved Australia’s first successful test firing of a Rotating Detonation Engine, designed and developed as part of the Cooperative Research Centre Project for Responsive Access to Space. Read more.

Valiant space successfully tests thruster


Valiant Space has successfully begun testing Australia’s first in-space chemical thruster. This marks the beginning of an ongoing test campaign that will see the company develop its high-performance propulsion systems for the small satellite market. Read more.

Register for the 11th Australian Space Forum

The 11th Australian Space Forum is on this month, Wednesday 31 March 2021. A huge program has been released, designed to showcase the best of the Australian space sector and encourage collaboration and investment. 
Don’t miss the chance to hear from Australia’s new Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO as she facilitates a panel of experts on quantum engineering and communication technology for space based applications. The program includes speakers from UNSW, QuintessenceLabs, University of Maryland (USA), Airbus, NASA, and the Agency’s Katherine Bennell who will share more on our roadmaps. Register to participate.

STEM NEWS

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science open

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Nominations for 2021 are now open. Read more.

Agency Deputy Head on ABC Science Show

Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, Anthony Murfett, recently joined Robyn Williams of the ABC Science Show to talk all things space, including the Agency's plans for 2021. Listen here.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

Myriota and Motherson are working together to make it easier and more affordable to receive and share data, both on Earth and in space. The Australian Space Agency's Moon to Mars initiative will foster connections like this so Australia can deliver products and services into national and international space supply chains.

Find out how your business can lift off with Australia’s space industry too, through the Moon to Mars initiative.
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