Already home to over 60 space-related organisations, South Australia is committed to further growing the local industry to create a thriving space ecosystem.
In September 2017 The South Australian Government created the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) to drive space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development.
The SASIC will support space entrepreneurs, create an incubator for space projects and an environment where new space technologies can be rapidly developed.
The latest version of the South Australian Space Capability Directory, which was first released in June 2016, provides a snapshot of the South Australian space community. This publication features key information about private enterprises, consultancies, associations, researcher organisations, educational institutions and government departments currently contributing to our state’s vibrant space ecosystem.
The vision and mission of the South Australian Space Industry Centre is articulated in the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (South Australia) Action Plan 2016-2020. This strategy is underpinned by three pillars:
1. growing South Australia’s economy through space activity
2. invigorating South Australia’s space innovation ecosystem
3. engaging international cooperation with lead countries.
To assist in developing appropriate strategies for cultivating the space ecosystem, the South Australian Government (through the SASIC) and the Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) jointly sponsor an internship program.
This program involves a selected student from the Bocconi University participating in a three-month placement in South Australia. During the placement the student is required to research and analyse the international and local space sectors from a socioeconomic and political perspective, in particular as they relate to enriching the South Australian space economy.
Space Innovation Fund
The South Australian Space Industry Centre will support the State’s emerging space industry by providing funding of up $1 million a year to grow jobs and build South Australia’s space ecosystem through the Space Innovation Fund.
The Fund is the first step in establishing a new Space Innovation Hub in South Australia.