$1.2 million in space supply chain grants awarded to Australian companies

Federal assistance totalling $1.2 million has been awarded to Industrial Sciences Group, Infinity Avionics and Blueprint Lab in round four of the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants.

The grants, announced on Tuesday, support businesses in building their capacity to sell into space industry supply chains, including those that could deliver to NASA’s Moon to Mars space exploration program.

Industrial Sciences Group was awarded $442,320 to help develop its Space Mission Analytics Toolkit. The toolkit includes software for simulating missions and to monitor and analyse tracking data after a launch. 

The solution had been “already earmarked for use by contractors on upcoming NASA lunar missions” according to a statement from the federal government.

Infinity Avionics was awarded $456,323 “to develop a modular imaging unit for space applications” and Blueprint Lab $317,844 “to transfer its advanced robotic manipulator technology into the space domain.”

Grants under the program can be worth between $250,000 and $1 million and cover as much as 75 per cent of a project’s costs. Applications are open until May 1, 2023.

“We are continuing to build momentum in the local space sector and enhancing our credentials as a serious space nation,” said Enrico Palermo, head of the Australian Space Agency.

Picture: www.industrialsciences.com.au

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