A selective review of Australian space capabilities

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The department engaged the services of Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC) to undertake in depth interviews with Australian space sector companies to provide an evidence-base of current Australian industry capability in civil space; domestic and global supply chain opportunities; growth opportunities in civil space applications for domestic and international markets; and case studies of Australian organisations that have found success in commercial civil space activities.

APAC presented the findings in their 2016 report, A selective review of Australian space capbilities: growth opportunities in global supply chains and space enabled services.

The study confirmed that Australian companies have the relevant capabilities and world class skills to participate in the rapidly growing global space economy; and that a number of Australian firms are already actively involved in international markets.

Other key findings include:

  • Globally, commercial space activities are continuing to outpace government activities, growing by 9.7% in 2014 and now representing 76% of the global space economy.
  • The use of space systems, space-derived data and space enabled services generate 70% of space economic activities worldwide.
  • Commercialisation of space activities is being driven by an emerging consumer market in areas such as satellite broadband, and navigation/positioning technologies, such as GPS-enabled applications.
  • Australian firms have greatest capabilities in ground systems and related space enabled services and applications, driven by the extensive use of satellite communications and navigation in Australia.
  • Space-related products and services are used in every sector of the Australian economy.
  • Annual revenue from the Australian space industry sector is estimated at $3 $4 billion - 92% domestic and 8% export activity.
  • Employment in the sector is estimated to be between 9,500 and 11,500 full-time equivalent.
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