A new partnership between remote operations consortium AROSE and the Robotics Australia Group will help connect and grow Australia’s maturing robotics ecosystem, developing opportunities for growth, collaboration and advocacy of remote operations technology.
AROSE is an industry-led organisation focused on remote operations science, technology and services on Earth and in Space, while Robotics Australia Group was established to facilitate the growth of a sustainable and internationally competitive national robotics industry.
The AROSE consortium and the EPE and Lunar Outpost Oceania consortium have received $8 million to design early-stage prototype of a semi-autonomous Moon rover, as part of plans for an Australian-US mission to the Moon.
In 2021, Australian robotics companies were estimated to be worth $18 billion in annual revenue, up from $12 billion in 2018.
Robotics Australia Group CEO Nicci Rossouw said: “The development of robotic technologies will lead to the creation of new companies and new jobs.
“Robotics and automation are central to addressing a range of issues of national importance including our ageing population, servicing regional and remote communities, and labour shortages.”
AROSE CEO Leanne Cunnold said the growth in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence presented a range of opportunities and challenges requiring the highest levels of cross-industry collaboration.
Cunnold said: “The partnership between AROSE and Robotics Australia Group will help elevate collaboration and improve outcomes for the robotics ecosystem across Australia, while boosting the national presence of both organisations.
“A wide range of robotic technologies will be required to deliver on the world’s decarbonisation aspirations, as well as help monitor and mitigate environmental challenges such as bushfires, drought and floods.”
AROSE Program Director Michelle Keegan said Australia is regarded as a world-leader in the design and management of autonomous vehicles, robotics and interoperability for the resources sector, however greater investment in robotics and workforce development was required.
Ms Keegan said: “The Resources and Space sectors recognise the need to collaborate to achieve these ambitious goals.
“Now we need to expand collaboration across industries. This partnership will be a major boost to that important national enterprise.”
Another key area of collaboration between AROSE and Robotics Australia Group will be in education and training.
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