Main findings for robotics in the space industry

Australia is creating a space agency to ensure it can take advantage of the growing global space industry. This is a great opportunity to showcase Australia’s robotics capabilities by developing technologies for space applications. Australia currently collects data from more than 20 satellites, relying on strategic partnerships with NASA to launch satellites and to gain access to NASA’s deep space network. Australia is the largest consumer of data from EOS, and space-enabled services boost the productivity of all sectors of the economy. Australian attributes that will support a successful space industry include high levels of education, proximity to other nations with space budgets and business-friendly policies, an advantageous geographic location in the southern hemisphere for satellite ground stations, world-class capabilities in ground systems, software, and applications, and close strategic alliances with existing space powerhouses. Australia’s plan to increase defence spending represents a further growth opportunity.