What is the Space Infrastructure Fund?
The Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is a $19.5 million investment into the growth of our space sector. It aims to increase capability and fill gaps in Australia’s space infrastructure.
Filling gaps in Australia’s space infrastructure allows businesses and researchers to focus on growing and developing their day-to-day operations, and providing space-related solutions to drive economic benefit across the whole economy. It also provides the tools that businesses need to
access international opportunities – opening doors for Australia internationally.
The projects form an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, primarily addressing the ‘National’ pillar to increase capability in the sector. They will be developed in locations across Australia, providing investment in multiple states and territories, and building upon Australia’s National Civil Space Priorities and strengths.
Building a core foundation for space operations and technology will:
- support the creation of high-tech jobs here in Australia
- support industry through targeted investments
- speed up the delivery of new space-based services
- reduce barriers and make space more accessible for start-ups and small-to-medium business
- open up international opportunities
- benefit Australians who rely on satellites for daily activities like GPS, communications and farming
The fund addresses the National pillar of the Australian Civil Space Strategy and supports its goal to:
- create up to 20,000 jobs
- triple the size of our space sector by 2030
Space Infrastructure Projects
The Space Infrastructure Fund targets 7 infrastructure projects around Australia.
Space manufacturing facilities (NSW, $2 million)
- support delivery of future space manufacturing capability
- develop high-tech skills and new space objects
A Mission Control Centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and researchers to control small satellite missions. This will enable:
- real-time testing
- opportunities to improve satellite technology
Tracking facilities upgrade (TAS, $1.2 million)
Facilities to support precision tracking of satellites and spacecraft.
A Command and Control Centre to:
- allow SMEs and researchers control over autonomous space operations
- build capability in space technologies
- support development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space
Space data analysis facilities (WA, $1.5 million)
Providing SMEs and researchers with space data analysis capability for:
- emergency services
- maritime surveillance
Providing capability for SMEs and researchers to test space equipment that is mission-ready:
- new facilities to support manufacturing
- streamline testing of space equipment in Australia
- speed up the delivery of new space-based products and services
Pathway to launch ($0.9 million)
Projects to start:
- addressing the active interest and growing readiness in industry for launch in Australia
- ensuring safety on Earth and in space
07 March 2022 – $65 million in funding to support new launch sites and space flights for the space sector
The Australian government has announced co-funding for projects developing up to three new or existing spaceports or launch sites. Another $32 million will help the Australian Space Agency procure and provide spaceflights and services for the Australian space sector. Southern Launch welcomed the news, saying it shows Australia is serious about a vibrant space launch capability.