$6 million in space infrastructure grants awarded to Pawsey, Fugro in WA

Two Perth facilities have been awarded a total of $6 million under the federal Space Infrastructure Fund.


Pawsey Supercomputing Centre earned $1.5 million to help build the Australian Space Data Analysis Facility (ASDAF.)


Fugro Australia Marine was awarded $4.5 million to help establish the Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex (RAAICC) in Perth.


Fugro provides surveying and geotechnics services in offshore oil and gas, power, mining and infrastructure development.


The Pawsey centre is part of the federal National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. . 


Industry minister Karen Andrews said in a statement on Monday that the investments under the $19.5 million SIF would strengthen Australia’s standing globally in the space sector, and provide flow-on benefits in industries including mining, agriculture, emergency services and maritime surveillance.


“It’s a win-win. We’re building on the capabilities that make Australian businesses a desirable partner for space projects around the world, as well as growing the industries that we have a natural advantage in like mining and agriculture,” she said.


The SIF was announced in the 2019 – 20 federal budget for seven infrastructure projects. Last week it allocated $6 million to the establishment of a new mission control centre in Adelaide.


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