SA’s giant nation-leading leap into space industry
Thursday, 21 September 2017
South Australia is establishing the nation’s first dedicated centre to grow the local space economy and create future high-tech jobs.
The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) - to be located within the existing Defence SA headquarters - is the first of its kind in Australia and positions the State to be part of a National Space Agency.
The centre will build on the work of the existing Space Industry Office at Defence SA to drive space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development. Start-up staff will comprise a director, aerospace specialist and senior project officer who will be supported by a representative from Department of State Development and Investment Attraction SA.
SASIC will be advised by the South Australian Space Council and will support South Australia’s emerging space industry by providing funding of up to $1 million every year to young space entrepreneurs, along with new and existing space start-ups.
The new Centre was announced at Hamilton Secondary College today, which is soon to become the first school in the State with a Space Centre. Students from Hamilton Secondary College will be attending IAC next week as part of the ‘SA Schools Space Mission’.
Earlier this week, an expanded portfolio of Defence and Space Industries was created within the ministry, showing South Australia’s commitment to leadership within the space sector.
Last month, the state signed a five-year agreement with the ACT to push for a dedicated national agency. The NT has since sought to join the agreement.
Australia’s space industry is worth $3-4 billion annually, and employs 11,500 full-time workers. Establishing an Australian space agency would more than double the turnover and number of people employed in the industry within eight years.