$2m for new RMIT Space Industry Hub

By on 23 June, 2021

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RMIT University is establishing a new Space Industry Hub which, it says, will connect local companies and researchers to global opportunities in space technology.

The Victorian Government is backing the Hub with funding of $1 million, which is being matched by another $1 million from SmartSat CRC.

“The RMIT Space Industry Hub will be a launch pad and an industrial solutions incubator to support collaboration and innovation for Victoria’s space industry growth,” said RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor for STEM and Vice President Digital Innovation, Professor Aleksandar Subic.

“At the core of this growth are digital technologies and leveraging the state’s strong capabilities in advanced manufacturing,” he added, noting in particular the fields of agriculture, transport, logistics and manufacturing.

The Hub will benefit from technical and training support from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and industry engagement backing from FrontierSI. It will also become host of the Victorian node of SmartSat CRC.

CEO of SmartSat CRC, Andy Koronios, said the CRC’s “co-investment will help spark innovation and develop technologies to leverage the huge opportunities the space economy offers”.

“SmartSat CRC nodes around Australia will provide opportunities for joint projects to leverage national and international space collaborative initiatives such as NASA’s Moon to Mars Exploration Program, UK Space Bridge, state government space industry investments and CRC-P grants.”

AWS’ involvement will include providing access to real-time satellite data for industry collaborators through AWS Ground Station, a service that enables users to control satellite communications, process data and scale operations without needing their own ground station infrastructures.

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