A new Space Industry Hub at RMIT University has attracted $2 million in funding from the Victorian government and SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, as well as support from Amazon Web Services and FrontierSI, the university announced on Wednesday.
According to RMIT, the new hub aimed to help local companies develop skills and technology related to satellite data, and would be underpinned by the state’s “strong capabilities in advanced manufacturing.”
Several new flagship research projects would link companies internationally, it said in a statement.
“The RMIT Space Industry Hub will be a launch pad and an industrial solutions incubator to support collaboration and innovation for Victoria’s space industry growth,” explained Deputy Vice-Chancellor for STEM and Vice President Digital Innovation, Professor Aleksandar Subic.
AWS Ground Station would offer real-time satellite data to industry participants in the hub.
The hub would also serve as the Victorian node of the SMartSat CRC, established two years ago. The CRC and Victorian government have provided $1 million each in funding support.
“SmartSat CRC nodes around Australia will provide opportunities for joint projects to leverage national and international space collaborative initiatives such as NASA’s Moon to Mars Exploration Program, UK Space Bridge, state government space industry investments and CRC-P grants,” said the CRC’s CEO, Andy Koronios.
Dr Graeme Kernich, the CEO of not-for-profit geospatial information company FrontierSI, added that his group was, “delighted that this strategic collaboration intends to leverage innovative space technologies into impactful solutions.
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