Space

With the establishment of the Australian Space Agency, the Australian Government has set a goal of tripling the size of the domestic space industry to AU$12 billion and employing 30 000 people by 2030.

The Territory is ideally positioned to contribute to this growth by hosting key space industry infrastructure and services including ground station systems, space launch, stratospheric ballooning facilities, and downstream space industries.

Why invest in the Territory?

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Australia's Northern Territory is out of this world

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The Territory’s geographic location provides a host of benefits for launch facilities, ground stations and technology testing facilities due to its:

  • proximity to the equator (creating cost efficiencies for launch operators and their customers)
  • low population (supporting safe and efficient launch and payload recovery)
  • southern hemisphere location and proximity to Asia (well placed to host ground station systems)
  • clear skies for much of the year
  • low light pollution
  • limited noise interference.

With established logistics and construction industries, the Territory is also capable of supporting the development of space infrastructure in remote locations and in challenging conditions.

Boasting a highly-skilled workforce servicing the oil and gas, mining and defence sectors, the Territory has the professional, technical and safety expertise required to support development of complex space facilities.

The opportunity

There is unprecedented opportunity to invest in the Territory’s growing space industry, specifically in launch facilities, ground station systems and technology testing infrastructure.

The Territory is already home to globally significant space infrastructure with several project currently under development, including:

  • Equatorial Launch Australia’s Arnhem Space Centre - Australia’s first commercial launch facility, from which NASA plans to conduct its 2020 sub-orbital sounding rocket campaign
  • NASA’s Alice Springs Ballooning Facility - managed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, the facility regularly hosts international space agencies for scientific ballooning campaigns
  • Geoscience Australia’s Alice Springs ground station - plays a key role in international satellite programs and the earth observation data it downlinks brings substantial economic benefits to the country
  • Viasat’s Real-Time Earth Facility - the US multinational has chosen Alice Springs as the location for expansion of its Real-Time Earth ground station network.

The Territory also has strong earth observation capabilities, undertaking world-leading rangeland mapping and fire monitoring using data from the Landsat and Sentinel satellites.

The Territory Government is ready to work with investors, local industry and other jurisdictions to accomplish Australia’s vision to secure a greater share of the global space economy.

Antenna at Alice Springs
Alice Springs antenna
Copyright © Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2019
Ballooning facility in Alice Springs
Alice Springs Ballooning Facility - French Space Agency CNES’ scientific payload stands ready for launch during their 2017 ballooning campaign.
Copyright © CNES / OMP / IRAP / UT3 / CNRS / Sebastien Chastanet 2017

Boundless future

The future for the Territory and the space sector is bright. With the development of Australia’s first commercial space launch facility in Nhulunbuy, Arnhem Space Centre, progressing rapidly, there will be opportunities right along the satellite and launch supply chain. This could include small satellite manufacturing and ground systems for small satellite networks, to data collection, analysis and provision of value-added services.

The Territory’s geography and environmental conditions have also supported its establishment as a hub for ground station infrastructure and stratospheric ballooning.

Creating a vibrant ecosystem of space-derived services will boost industrial end-users and complement the Territory’s traditional industries such as mining, agriculture, oil and gas and environmental management.

The Territory is the ideal place to meet the future demands of the space industry.

Creating a vibrant ecosystem of space-derived services will boost industrial end-users and complement the Territory’s traditional industries such as mining, agriculture, oil and gas and environmental management.

The Territory is the ideal place to meet the future demands of the space industry.

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