Grants totalling $11 million have been awarded to ten Australian companies and universities working in the space sector.
The grants announced on Wednesday highlighted the breadth within the Australian SMEs and researchers, said Dr Megan Clark, head of the Australian Space Agency.
Among the successful companies (see full list below) is Human Aerospace, a startup awarded $844,000 to help develop a spacesuit to minimise the loss of bone density suffered in microgravity.
Saber Astronautics – which announced this week that it would establish a mission control centre in Adelaide – received $789,000 for its Open Source Space Operations infrastructure.
Industry minister Karen Andrews said that space was a growth sector, and would “form an important part of our economic recovery and help us emerge” following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Grant winners (source: www.minister.industry.gov.au/)