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Media release

23 October 2019

The Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with US based company Maxar Technologies overnight at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington DC.

Maxar is a global provider of advanced space-based technology solutions, with significant global expertise in Earth Observation and Robotics and Automation. They deliver leading integrated capabilities in Earth imagery, geospatial data, analytics and insights, satellites, and robotics to governments and businesses around the world.

Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency said that the signing highlighted the importance of a global approach to the space sector.

“The Australian Space Agency aims to triple the size of the Australian space industry to $12 billion and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030,” Mr Murfett said.

“Signings with companies such as Maxar will continue to develop the local space economy, and benefit Australians through space technologies.

“Cooperation across government, private industry and research both nationally and internationally will provide linkages for Australia to access a greater segment of the global space economy.”

Maxar is a core partner and significant financial contributor to the Adelaide based SmartSat CRC. The project is led by a consortium of industry and research organizations to develop game-changing technologies that drive future space capabilities in Australia and globally.

“Maxar is honored to support the Australian Space Agency as it seeks to expand the nation’s role in the international civil space community, and we look forward to contributing technology and expertise from our 65-year heritage in space to projects and programs that enable them to achieve this goal,” said Dan Jablonsky, Maxar CEO.

Australia’s 10-year plan for the civil space sector is outlined in Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028.

More information on the Australian Space Agency is available at space.gov.au