A new Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub located at UTS Tech Lab has been awarded Federal and NSW Government funding.
Australia’s first Satellite Manufacturing Hub for larger Earth Observation satellites up to 500 kg in weight will be established in the new Poplars Innovation Precinct in South Jerrabomberra, NSW and at the UTS Tech Lab, Botany, NSW, through a $71 million investment and collaboration between Electro Optic Systems (EOS), Nova Systems, UTS Tech Lab, Gilmour Space, and the federal and NSW governments.
The Australian Government’s $1.16 billion 2022 Federal Budget commitment to grow Australia’s sovereign space industry through a National Space Mission for Earth Observation is a clear indication of the Commonwealth’s dedication to developing Australia’s space industry. To realise a mission of this scale and complexity, specifically designed and manufactured facilities for Earth Observation missions are required. The Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub (ASMH) provides this capability and is a key enabler for these types of missions.
The ASMH will provide secure facilities to enable research and development collaborations between industry, leading Australian universities and CSIRO as well as the design, prototyping, manufacturing, integration, and testing of large satellites and payloads.
This new collaborative manufacturing capability fills recognised gaps in Australia’s current space manufacturing landscape by enabling the local development of large, high-quality, reliable spacecraft and optical payloads that are capable of fulfilling complex missions which deliver national economic benefit.
Glen Tindall, CEO, EOS Space Systems.
UTS Tech Lab will play a vital role in the research and development of cutting-edge satellite technologies as well as in the fostering of deep university-industry collaboration.
Professor Andrew Parfitt, UTS Vice Chancellor.
It is estimated that the project will directly generate 125 full-time, high-skilled jobs in NSW – around half of these located in regional NSW – as well as have a multiplier effect that results in the creation of 375 additional jobs throughout the supply chain and broader economy.
The Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub will drive a nationwide approach to developing Australia’s space qualified ecosystem and will see the assembly and integration of larger satellites, space vehicles and components.
Jim McDowell, Nova Systems Chief Executive Officer.
“UTS is proud to support the ASMH, which will establish a presence at UTS’s Tech Lab facility in Botany. UTS is committed to growing opportunities in the space sector for Australia, NSW and the many partners across industry and research.”
Andrew Parfitt, UTS Vice Chancellor.
The project’s satellite manufacturing hubs address key opportunity areas identified in the Space National Manufacturing Priority road map, such as nano and small satellite development, propellants and fuels, payloads, sensors, solar panels, structural components, optics, new space related technologies and materials, optical wireless communication technologies and key ground segment subsystems. They also address key components of the Earth Observation from Space Roadmap by building a domestic satellite manufacturing capability for Earth Observation and developing a skilled workforce to support not only the space sector but also the broader Australian economy.
The establishment of the satellite manufacturing hubs will involve the development and improvement of processes and practices, underpinned by the adoption of cutting-edge technology. It will also support the growth and scale of the Australian space sector, as well as its long-term competitiveness, and create jobs.