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CONTENTS


1 Executive Summary 5

Background and Context of Study 5

The Changing Global Space Economy 5

Scope of Study 6

Methodology 7

Space Capability of Companies Interviewed 7

Character of Business Type of Companies Interviewed 8

Industry Sectors Served by Australian Space Capabilities 8

Revenue Generated by Australian Space Activities 8

Workforce Size Involved in Australian Space Activities 8

Staff Demographics of Workforce Involved in Australian Space Activities 9

Business Trends Identified By Companies Interviewed 9

Current Australian Space Capabilities 9

Domestic and International Supply Chains 11

Supply Chain Opportunities for Australia 11

Regional Markets 12

New Space Markets 12

Key Issues for Australian Participation in Global Supply Chains 13

Growth Opportunities in Space Applications Markets 13

Conclusion 14



2 Background and Context of Study 15

3 The Changing Global Space Economy 16

3.1 The Changing Face of Global Space Activity 17

3.2 Evolutionary Phases of Global Space Activity 17

3.3 The Growing Global Space Economy 18

3.4 The Changing Nature of Space Activity 18

3.5 The ‘New Space’ Era 22



4 Selective Review of Australian Companies Involved in Space 24

4.1 Scope of Study 25

4.2 Methodology 25

4.3 Overview of Companies Interviewed 26

4.3.1 Geographic Dispersion of Companies Interviewed 26

4.3.2 Categories of Space Capability of Companies Interviewed 27

4.3.3 Character of Business Type of Companies Interviewed 30

4.4 Industry Sectors Served by Australian Space Capabilities 32

4.5 Revenue Generated by Australian Space Activities 34

4.5.1 Overall Revenue Generated by Australian Space Activities 34

4.5.2 Export Revenue Generated From Australian Space Activities 35

4.6 Workforce Size Involved in Australian Space Activities 36

4.7 Staff Demographics of Workforce Involved in Australian Space Activities 37

4.8 Business Trends Identified By Companies Interviewed 42



5 An Overview of Current Australian Space Capabilities 48

5.1 Defining Space Capabilities 49

5.2 Classification of Space Capabilities 49

5.3 The Breadth of Australian Companies’ Space Capabilities 52

5.3.1 Overview of Australian Company’s Space Capabilities 52

6 Domestic and International Supply Chains 69

6.1 Background and Definition of Supply Chains 70

6.2 Where Australian Space Capabilities Map on Global Supply Chains 70

6.2.1 Satellite Communications 70

6.2.2 Earth Observation 72

6.2.3 Satellite Position Navigation and Timing 75



7 Supply Chain Opportunities for Australia 78

7.1 Opportunities for Australian Companies by Supply Chain Segment 79

7.1.1 Supply Chain Opportunities in Satellite Ownership and Operations 79

7.1.2 Supply Chain Opportunities in the Space Systems Segment 79

7.1.3 Supply Chain Opportunities in Launch Systems 80

7.1.4 Supply Chain Opportunities in the Ground Systems Segment 80

7.1.5 Supply Chain Opportunities in Space Enabled Services and Applications 81

7.2 Regional Markets 87

7.3 New Space Markets 87

7.4 Key Issues for Australian Participation in Global Supply Chains 89



8 Growth Opportunities in Space Applications for Domestic and International Markets 91

8.1 Key Growth Markets in Space Applications 92

8.1.1 Satellite Communications 92

8.1.2 Earth Observation 92

8.1.3 Position Navigation & Timing 93

9.0 Conclusion 94

Appendix A – Companies Interviewed and Their Space Capabilities 95



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1 Executive Summary

Background and Context of Study


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.




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