Robotics and Automation on Earth and in Space Roadmap 2021-2030

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24 January 2022

The Australian Space Agency are developing a series of 7 roadmaps which will address each of the National Civil Space Priority Areas. This is part of phase 2 of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019–2028. These priority areas will deliver the greatest opportunity for the Australian space sector.

We developing roadmaps under each of these priority areas to:

  • guide and inform industry, research, and government
  • map out the future workforce
  • align the space sector
  • advance the Australian space industry over the next decade.

The Robotics and Automation on Earth and in Space Roadmap, is the third in a series of 7 roadmaps. It outlines a 10-year plan to support growth of this priority area. Australia’s remote operation capabilities have huge potential for the future of space exploration.

Australia is already a world leader in remote asset management in the resources sector, a capability which is also being applied to our industries like resources, transport and agriculture.

We can leverage these expertise in robotics technology and systems for remote operation and exploration in space. Such systems are becoming more accessible with the lowering cost to access space.

Industry, researchers and Australian government agencies, peer space agencies and stakeholder organisations contributed to the development of this roadmap.

Introductions to the Robotics and Automation on Earth and in Space Roadmap will take place in March 2022.

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The development of each of the remaining 4 roadmaps will take place throughout 2022.

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Robotics and Automation on Earth and in Space Roadmap – an introduction

How are robotics and automation involved in space?

Robotics and automation allow humanity to reach further and expand on what is possible.

Robots go places and do things that humans can't, and advances in automation allow us to carry out complex tasks with more sophistication.

These technologies are playing an ever-increasing role in supporting human operations on the moon.  

Australia has expertise in large-scale remote asset management and Earth-based robotics in harsh environments.

A great example of this is our resource sector.

This means we are well-placed to become a leader in the automation of off-Earth activities, and to capture high-tech manufacturing opportunities in the process.

What is the purpose of the Roadmap?

The Roadmap sets out a vision and a strategy for Australia to build, operate and maintain off-world infrastructure and assets, to expand, support and sustain humanity on Earth and in space, in a manner that supports the long-term sustainability of outer space.

This is a key contribution to the Australian Space Agency’s mission to create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030, and triple the size of the national civil space sector to $12bn.

The Roadmap also ensures our activities in space are consistent with our obligations, responsible, sustainable, and worthy of international respect.

Who worked with the Agency on the Roadmap?

A wide range of people supported the development of this Roadmap, across industry, universities, Federal government agencies, and industry organisations.

We also consulted with State and Territory governments, as well as international space agencies.