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Adelaide’s $66 million Space Manufacturing Hub lands $20m federal grant

- March 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Australian Government has backed plans to build a $66 million Adelaide-based manufacturing hub for the space industry with a $20 million grant towards the project. The Space Manufacturing Hub, first revealed last December, is a collaboration between the South Australian government and four local startups: nano-satellite maker Fleet Space Technologies, quantum technologies developer Q-CTRL and… Read more »

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How Victorian high school students are leading an experiment on space-made yoghurt

- February 17, 2022 4 MIN READ

It’s probably no surprise that keeping healthy in space is incredibly important. And without the typical resources found on Earth, creative solutions have to be explored. Right now, some excited Year 10 and 11 students from around Victoria are waiting with anticipation as their space-made yoghurt – fresh off the International Space Station (ISS) –… Read more »

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Adelaide will be home to a new manufacturing hub for spacetech companies

- December 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new manufacturing hub for space technology companies is being established in Adelaide. The South Australian government is partnering with four local startups, on the purpose-built facility, the Australian Space Park, to develop the project with a focus on collaboration and production of small satellites and their payloads, rockets, electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles… Read more »

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The race for private space stations is underway. Here’s what ‘Space 4.0’ could look like

- December 6, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new era of space stations is about to kick off. NASA has announced three commercial space station proposals for development, joining an earlier proposal by Axiom Space. These proposals are the first attempts to create places for humans to live and work in space outside the framework of government space agencies. They’re part of… Read more »

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Nanosatellite startup Fleet Space raises $36 million series B

- November 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Adelaide satellite startup Fleet Space Technologies has raised US$26.4m (A$36m) in a series B. The round was led by existing backers Artesian Venture Partners, Blackbird Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures, and Horizons Ventures – the private investment arm of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing – with new investors including Alumni Ventures, Hostplus, the South Australian… Read more »

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The International Space Station just had a near miss with space junk – and the problem is getting millions of times worse

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11. Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters… Read more »

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Swinburne uni startup co-founded by an astrophysicist lands $1.5 million to solve one of the most terrifying problems in mining

- October 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Mining tech startup, mDetect, has received a $1.5 million co-investment grant from the federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to commercialise its solution for one of the most dangerous problems in mining globally. When a tailings dam at an iron ore mine in Brazil collapsed in 2019, it killed 270 people. A similar collapse in… Read more »

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Adelaide nano-satellite startup Myriota lands $5.5 million government defence contract

- September 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Internet of Things (IoT) satellite company Myriota has landed a $5.48 million contract from the Australian government for Defence tracking communications. Myriota will use its network of nano-satellites to retrieve data from sensors across hundreds of Defence platforms, forming a global, space-enabled communications network. The network, dubbed the ‘Internet of Military Things’, could deliver increased… Read more »

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Australian IoT space startup launches US satellite deal with Spire Global

- September 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

South Australian Internet of Things (IoT) nanosatellite startup Myriota has signed a deal with US-listed satellite data company Spire Global. The deal will see Myriota, which has its own small fleet of nanosatellites, piggyback on Spire’s low-earth orbit nano-satellite network to accelerate its IoT plans. The Australia company is Spire’s first first large-scale, commercial, IoT-focused… Read more »

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Microsoft is joining Australia’s space race from Adelaide with a retired US Air Force Colonel

- September 13, 2021 3 MIN READ

Microsoft has joined Australia’s race to space with a major presence in the South Australian capital amid a partnership with the Australian Space Agency. The company has been active on several fronts while setting up shop at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen. The tech giant recently inked a deal with Nokia and the South Australian government for… Read more »