New support for 12 Australian space projects


The federal government has announced new grants to support a series of local space projects to help grow Australia’s space industry.

The 12 projects, which align with NASA’s Artemis mission, will share in more than $9 million in funding to help drive innovation and support cutting-edge Australian science.

The Moon to Mars grants will assist these Australian companies to enter global space supply chains.

Among the projects being supported are:

  • Valiant Space (Qld) will receive $934,500 to develop a new non-toxic propulsion system that will support more sustainable and responsible use of space.
  • NextAero (VIC) will receive $1,000,000 to design, manufacture and validate cryogenic rocket propellants
  • HEO (NSW) will receive $742,164 to develop advanced cameras for imaging satellites to better track space debris and objects
  • And Neumann Space (SA) will receive $1,000,000 to develop its spacecraft electric propulsion manufacturing and test facility.

The Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo said: “These projects show the agility and innovative nature of Australia’s space companies, and how we can carve our niche in big international missions.

“Space is a global endeavour and by working with our partners like NASA we can create outcomes that benefit Australia, while also contributing to solutions to global challenges.”

Picture: Valiant Space

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