Gold Coast-based Gilmour Space Technologies has received a $52 million grant from the federal government for its collaborative project that brings together more than 30 local space technology startups and universities.
The Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN) has received a Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMIC) grant for the development of sovereign space capabilities in Australia.
The grant will help fund the $157 million network bid, led by Gilmour Space, which includes 32 companies and educational institutions in six states and territories.
Gilmour Space is one of the largest space manufacturers in the country and will work with a range of partners and universities to create a production and testing center in Queensland, as well as an advanced production facility for the production of launch vehicles and satellites.
The funding will also support the development of a rocket launch pad in Northern Queensland at Abbot Point, known as the Bowen Orbital Spaceport.
Gilmour Space CEO Adam Gilmour said the federal support was big news for the local space industry.
“Rockets and satellites are key drivers of the global space economy. The co-funding will provide emerging space manufacturers with timely support in developing and developing significant space capabilities in Australia,” he said.
“Details have yet to be provided, but we and our ASMN partners plan to leverage this grant to participate in the full spectrum of space activities from research and development to advanced production and launch. These efforts will help the industry grow and bring real benefits to the nation in civil, commercial and defense fields.”
Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said the grant will help unlock further collaboration between small and medium-sized businesses and researchers for the local space sector.
“The race is on in the $600 billion global space economy and the Australian Space Manufacturing Network will help amplify the incredible opportunities for local businesses to be part of the excitement of the launch,” he said.
“From testing to fabrication, to assembly and eventual launch, this project will leverage great Australian know-how to attract further private investment and create hundreds of high-quality and high-value jobs. This is a big win for jobs in Queensland.”
“We already know through the work of the Australian Space Agency that space technologies are playing an increasingly important role on Earth, supporting navigation systems that use them in our cars and smartphones and by allowing farmers to monitor the health of their crops.”
Over the next five years, the ASMN project is expected to support more than 850 new jobs, including 350 space manufacturers in engineering and engineering positions.
Other organizations among the founding members of the ASMN include Earth Observation Australia, Freelance Robotics, James Cook University, Myriota, Neumann Space, Space Machines Company, Spiral Blue, Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland Robotics and Valiant Space.