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We’re supporting our domestic space industry with funding for businesses and researchers to participate in the global space economy.

Space Infrastructure Fund

The Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is a $19.5 million investment into the growth of our space sector. It aims to increase capability and fill gaps in Australia’s space infrastructure.

Building a core foundation for space operations and technology will:

  • support the creation of high-tech jobs here in Australia
  • support industry through targeted investments
  • speed up the delivery of new space-based services
  • reduce barriers and make space more accessible for start-ups and small-to-medium business
  • open up international opportunities
  • benefit Australians who rely on satellites for daily activities like GPS, communications and farming

The fund addresses the National pillar of the Australian Civil Space Strategy and supports our goal to:

  • create up to 20,000 jobs
  • triple the size of our space sector by 2030

Space infrastructure projects

The SIF targets 7 infrastructure projects around Australia.

Map of Australia showing where the Space Infrastructure Projects are to be delivered.  WA, Robotics, automation and AI command and control $4.5m and Space data analysis facilities $1.5m SA, Mission control facilities $6m TAS, Tracking facilities upgrade $1.2m NSW, Space manufacturing capability $2m National projects, Space payload qualification facilities $2.5m and Pathway to launch $0.9m

Space manufacturing facilities (NSW, $2 million)

Facilities to:

  • support delivery of future space manufacturing capability
  • develop high-tech skills and new space objects

Mission control (SA, $6 million)

A Mission Control Centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and researchers to control small satellite missions. This will enable:

  • real-time testing
  • opportunities to improve satellite technology

Read about the grant recipient and project.

Tracking facilities upgrade (TAS, $1.2 million)

Facilities to support precision tracking of satellites and spacecraft.

Robotics, automation and AI command and control (WA, $4.5 million)

A Command and Control Centre to:

  • allow SMEs and researchers control over autonomous space operations
  • build capability in space technologies
  • support development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space

Read about the grant recipient and project.

Space data analysis facilities (WA, $1.5 million)

Providing SMEs and researchers with space data analysis capability for:

  • agriculture
  • mining
  • emergency services
  • maritime surveillance

Read about the grant recipient and project.

Space payload qualification facilities ($2.5 million)

Providing capability for SMEs and researchers to test space equipment that is mission-ready:

  •  new facilities to support manufacturing
  • streamline testing of space equipment in Australia
  • speed up the delivery of new space-based products and services

Visit the Business Grants Hub for more information or to apply.

Pathway to launch ($0.9 million)

Projects to start:

  • addressing the active interest and growing readiness in industry for launch in Australia
  • ensuring safety on Earth and in space

Read more

Connect with us

Contact us

  • Email enquiries [at] space.gov.au
  • Phone 1800 087 367 (within Australia) / +61 2 6276 1166
  • Write to us at Australian Space Agency, GPO Box 2013, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Last updated: 17 November 2020

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