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Australian Space Agency finds home in South Australia

Adelaide has been announced as the headquarters of the newly established Australian Space Agency.

The Australian Space Agency was officially launched on 1 July and received $41 million over four years from 2018-19 in the federal budget to “grow the Australian space industry,” including $26 million to help launch the agency which will “coordinate domestic space activities for Australia”.

Prime Minister Morrison said the decision to base the agency in South Australia reinforced the state’s long-standing contribution to Australia’s space journey.

“South Australia is the ideal location for the Australian Space Agency with a range of local space industry businesses already established here as well as a rapidly growing defence industry sector.”

“Our government’s $41 million investment into the Agency will act as a launching pad to triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs by 2030,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said long-term investment in Adelaide and its space sector would drive entrepreneurship and innovation while enhancing the city’s liveability.

“South Australia is the ideal location for the Australian Space Agency with a range of local space industry businesses already established here as well as a rapidly growing defence industry sector,” he said.

The agency will be housed at Lot Fourteen, a former hospital site that is being transformed into a entrepreneur and defence hub.

South Australia has been a major player in the nation’s space industry and is home to major Tier 1 defence companies and several emerging space start-ups, including Fleet Space Technologies and Myriota, which have between them launched four satellites in the past two months, and Southern Launch, which is establishing a launch facility in the state’s north.

The South Australia Space Industry Centre has been instrumental in helping establish the space sector in the state and reports that there are more than 70 companies employing 800 people in the industry in South Australia, including Italian space company SITAEL.

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