iLaunch lead Prof Colin Hall, Dr Marta Ilusca Jane, Dr Jebum Choi and Dr Kamil Zuber from UniSA
Funding

4 space projects score $18 million as iLAuNCH opens Adelaide 3D metals printing plant

- July 24, 2024 2 MIN READ

Four space research projects at the University of South Australia (UniSA)  have received $18 million in funding as part of the $230m iLAuNCH program. The funding coincides with the opening of a new Advanced Manufacturing Metal 3D printing facility at VPG Innovation, in Adelaide’s Camden Park. The 3D printing machines can produce titanium and nickel… Read more »

Funding

NSW launches $500,000 in grants for space tech

- July 22, 2024 2 MIN READ

The global space economy is expected to be worth forecast to be worth $2.7 trillion with a decade, so the NSW government has decided to get in on the action with $500,000 in grant funding. The new NSW Space+ Program grants have been launched ahead of an estimated 10,000 delegates heading to Sydney in September… Read more »

Space

3 Australian space tech startups land $18 million in government grants for India partnerships

- May 1, 2024 2 MIN READ

Three space tech startups have received $18 million under the International Space Investment India Projects program, funded by the Australian government. Western Australia’s LatConnect60 received close to $5.8 million to develop and build a Low Earth Orbit satellite in Australia to collect information on carbon emissions at a very high resolution. The satellite will be… Read more »

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Space

Fleet Space sent its latest satellite into orbit with SpaceX

- April 18, 2024 2 MIN READ

The latest Centauri-6 satellite developed by Adelaide mining tech startup Fleet Space Technologies is now in orbit after heading skywards aboard SpaceX’s  Bandwagon-1 “ridesharing” mission. The Falcon 9 reusable rocket’s payload of 11 satellites took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week.  The Centauri-6 microsatellite brings Fleet Space’s constellation of low earth… Read more »

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Space

Gilmour is go: Queensland rocket builder’s launchpad approved for lift offs

- March 5, 2024 2 MIN READ

Gold Coast rocket startup Gilmour Space has been granted approval to launch from its north Queensland facility. Federal regulators gave the company the green light under new laws introduced in 2018 to help develop Australia’s fledging space technology sector. Gilmour has developed its own hybrid rockets with a more environmentally friendly propellant and plans to… Read more »

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Space

Spacetech startups score $9 million in latest Moon to Mars grants

- March 5, 2024 2 MIN READ

More than $9 million has been awarded to Australian startups focused on space supply chain solutions for NASA’s Artemis program for lunar exploration. The recipients include Victorian startup NextAero, which is developing cryogenic rocket propellants, and South Australia’s Neumann Space, which is focused on electric spacecraft propulsion. The both received $1 million grants from the… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

Brisbane’s Canaria Technologies shoots for the moon with NASA-approved AI for astronauts

- February 6, 2024 3 MIN READ

Having broken new ground in health tech for high-risk situations, Canaria Technologies is taking its next giant leap – to infinity and beyond. The Brisbane-based startup is gearing up to take its pioneering tech in predictive biometrics to the next frontier: outer space. Canaria’s wearables, which combine data about how the human body functions with… Read more »

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Space

More satellites, less launches: here’s what the first survey on Australian attitudes towards space tells us

- December 18, 2023 4 MIN READ

If someone were to ask you how space technologies impact your daily life, or how much Australia should invest in space, would you have an immediate answer or would you wonder why these questions were even being asked? Understanding what the average Australian thinks about space is essential – voters and taxpayers will only encourage… Read more »

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Space

New Zealand’s space sector needs to address the elephant in the cosmos: sustainability

- August 28, 2023 4 MIN READ

Aotearoa New Zealand is the latest country to enter the expanding and competitive international space market. In the aerospace strategy and national space policy, the government lays out how it intends to grow the domestic space sector by launching rockets and satellites and promoting Earth observation research. The documents indicate the government’s general priorities in… Read more »

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Space

Satellite startup Fleet lands $6.4 million defence contract

- April 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

Adelaide satellite tech startup Fleet Space Technologies has bagged its first contract in the lucrative defence sector, signing a $6.4 million contract with Australia’s Defence Space Command. The agreement will see Fleet’s next-generation of Centauri satellites used to develop and demonstrate a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications system focused on tactical communications and data… Read more »

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Space

Queensland University engineers are entering the space race with clean, green 3D-printed rocket engines

- March 31, 2023 2 MIN READ

A team of University of Queensland (UQ) engineers who designed a sustainable and affordable 3D-printed rocket engine has won two awards for their invention Herik Labs won the Entrepreneur of the Year and People’s Choice awards at the UQ’s Ventures ilab Accelerator Pitch Night for their oxygen and hydrogen-powered engine. Made in a fraction of… Read more »

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Space

NASA is looking for Indigenous Australian students to be interns

- March 22, 2023 2 MIN READ

Indigenous Australian university STEM students have a chance to reach for the stars with a new internship program backed by the Australian Space Agency (ASA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The National Indigenous Space Academy (NISA) was announced during the Australian visit of NASA Administrator US Senator Bill Nelson this week. NISA… Read more »