Space agency signs MOU with ACT

By on 13 March, 2019

The Australian Space Agency seeks to develop Australia’s space infrastructure. Image: NASA/JPL.

The Australian Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ACT government to cooperate closely on developing Australian space-reliant industries.

The agreement will see the Adelaide-based agency and ACT government seeking to cooperate on quantum communications, deep space communications, design, test and qualification of space hardware, space situational awareness, and space law.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA said the signing demonstrated his government’s commitment to supporting space industries, including critical infrastructure.

“We want to ensure that the ACT’s own space industry can continue to grow with the support of the agency,” he said.

“With nearly one in four Australian space industry jobs based in Canberra, we recognise that building partnerships in this sector will strengthen the local and national industry and create more jobs here in Canberra.”

Memorandums of Understanding with other states and territories are anticipated in the near future.

Head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr. Megan Clark AC, said the agreement supports the Agency’s purpose to grow am internationally respected local space industry.

“All states and territories have a vital role to play in growing our space sector. We’re continuing to work closely with all jurisdictions across Australia as we establish our location in Adelaide,” she said.

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