Since the early days of the space age Australia has been an active participant in space activities. Australia’s geography and demographics define it as a country particularly well suited to the utilisation of space based technologies and consequently Australian companies and institutions are active across all three primary areas of space-enabled services, namely satellite communications, earth observation, and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).
In recent years the Australian Government has recognised that space-related technologies are critical to the operation and ongoing productivity of a wide range of Australian industries and the broader fabric of Australian society. The Australian space sector encompasses diverse functions incorporating both services and production however, few Australian organisations have space-related activities as their dominant output. Therefore, statistics that are based on dominant outputs do not fully capture space activities as an industry.
In order to better understand the current capabilities of Australia’s commercial space industry and future industry opportunities the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the Department) engaged Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants Pty. Ltd. (APAC) to perform a study of Australian space capabilities. The study was tasked to report on: Australia’s industry capability in commercial space; domestic and global supply chain opportunities in commercial space; growth opportunities in space applications for domestic and international markets; and case studies of Australian companies that have found success in commercial space activities.