Sydney the latest frontier for space research and exploration
Sydney’s Tech Central Precinct has taken another giant leap for innovation with the opening of the National Space Industry Hub at its Eveleigh facility.
The hub’s first residents – which include the Space Industry Association of Australia, the NSW Space Research Network, and the NSW Node of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) – will build on NSW’s space capability to ensure it is the strongest in Australia.
The hub’s launch also celebrated the unveiling of Fast Start, an intense six-month mentoring and coaching program aimed at helping companies to commercialise innovative ideas.
Participants in the first cohort include Extraterrestrial Power, a company that supports space missions by producing advanced silicon solar cells, and Amentum Aerospace, which specialises in predictive scientific modelling software that enhances operational planning for space missions.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, and Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said guaranteeing a talent pipeline of highly skilled workers was critical to ensuring NSW remains competitive in the space race.
“NSW already has an incredible depth of talent in the space industry however we need to continue to grow this pipeline to ensure the industry thrives,” Mr Henskens said.
The National Space Industry Hub’s delivery is part of the NSW Government’s Space Industry Development Strategy.