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South Australia’s first space incubator program now has nine startups from around the world

- March 31, 2021 3 MIN READ

Nine companies have been selected for a place in the Venture Catalyst Space program to help them grow into space industry leaders. The Venture Catalyst Space program is part of the University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the first of its kind in Australia and a leader in space innovation and business… Read more »

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An Australian bushfire detection satellite is heading into orbit in 2022 in an all-Aussie space adventure

- March 1, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Queensland tech startup Fireball International’s bushfire detection satellite will head into orbit in 2022 thanks to an all-Australian deal that includes in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company, and rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies. Space Machines Co.’s ‘space taxi’, Optimus-1, carries passenger satellites to orbit around Earth, or potentially to higher bodies like the Moon or Mars.… Read more »

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Here’s all the technology NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, needs to survive landing on the red planet

- February 17, 2021 5 MIN READ

This month has been a busy one for Mars exploration. Several countries sent missions to the red planet in June last year, taking advantage of a launch window. Most have now arrived after their eight-month voyage. Within the next few days, NASA will perform a direct entry of the Martian atmosphere to land the Perseverance… Read more »

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Australian space company Fleet is launching its 5th nanosatellite next month

- February 10, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Fleet Space Technologies will launch its fifth nanosatellite, Centauri, 3 next month as part of Rocket Lab’s latest mission, taking off from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. Fellow South Australian satellite venture Myriota will also launch its first satellite in the same Rocklet Lab payload. Centauri 3 is part of a planned 140-strong constellation offering satellite… Read more »

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Australia’s new space boss left Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to build a $12 billion sector in 10 years

- January 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

Enrico Palermo starts his first day as head of the Australian Space Agency today. He takes over from Dr Megan Clark, who is now chair of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board. Australian-born Palermo, 40, is President of The Spaceship Company, which develops and builds the Virgin Galactic spaceplane fleet. Last year he became Chief… Read more »

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Satellite mission plans to boost Australia’s space sovereignty

- January 21, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

South Australia begins program to launch a low-orbit small satellite as next phase in burgeoning space economy. Led by the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), the AUD$6.5 million SASAT1 Space Services Mission was announced on Wednesday in Adelaide, South Australia. Based at Lot Fourteen, which is also home to the Australian Space Agency, the SmartSat… Read more »

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It’s lift off for Adelaide’s new space startup cluster

- December 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has established an organisation to represent space startup companies in Australia. Called the Aurora Space Startup Cluster, the new company is based at the Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood in Adelaide, South Australia that is also home to the Australian Space Agency. SmartSat CEO Prof Andy Koronios said Aurora already… Read more »

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Australia is launching a mission to the moon

- December 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian satellite company Fleet Space Technologies is planning a mission to the moon as part of a consortium named Seven Sisters. The mission will launch in 2023 to search the Moon using nanosatellites and other exploration sensors for abundant and accessible water. Fleet, OZ Minerals, University of Adelaide, UNSW, Unearthed, Tyvak Australia and Fugro have… Read more »

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Space tech incubator Moonshot has its first investment fund and is now on the hunt for startups to back

- December 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

Tech incubator Moonshot has raised its first investment fund for space startups and opened applications for its next investment accelerator in early 2021. Moonshot is a specialist incubator space startups launched in 2017 for deep tech ventures working in areas such as satellites, launch facilities, robotics, semiconductors, energy generation, or aggregation platforms for environmental data.… Read more »