Space agency signs Aus firm, forecasts 20,000 jobs

By on 19 November, 2019

Australian Space Agency and EM Solutions leaders holding the signed agreement. Dr Megan Clark AC with CEO of EM Solutions, Dr Rowan Gilmore.

The Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with Brisbane-based EM Solutions Pty Ltd, which develops high-speed telecommunications products for international supply chains.

The statement aligns with areas of strategic growth outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy. EM Solutions will leverage its experience in delivering innovative radiofrequency and SATCOM systems into the emerging Australian space industry.

Head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark AC said the signing highlights the importance of aligning business with the Australian National Civil Space Priority Areas to grow the industry.

“EM solutions is building on its experience in land and marine satellite terminals to expand its capabilities in space communications, said Dr Clark.

“Australia can play a lead role in emerging technologies that will enable tracking and communicating across these applications in both traditional geostationary satellites, and new space satellites in low and medium Earth orbits.”

CEO of EM Solutions Dr Rowan Gilmore spoke about the company’s plan to grow the Australian skill base through R&D, design, testing and assembly of new space hardware.

“EM Solutions is a proud supporter of the Australian Space Agency as it works to grow the space sector,” Dr Gilmore said.

“I am delighted that our work in space communications is recognised by signing this Joint Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency. For more than twenty years, EM Solutions has developed fully integrated systems incorporating its own technology to develop products and subsystems used in the space communications value chain. This includes on-the-move ground terminals for satellite communications, and receivers and transmitters now finding use in next generation satellite systems”.

EM Solutions will expand the capabilities of its Brisbane facility with the construction of a new clean room to enable in-house assembly of electronics suitable for space applications. As a partner in SmartSat CRC, the consortium of industry and research organisations, it will focus on enhancing space communications and developing test and certification procedures for space communications.

The Australian Space Agency is working to transform and grow the Australian space industry, including growing the Australian space economy from $3.9 billion to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030. Australia’s 10-year plan for the civil space sector is outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy.

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