In a positive development, the Australian Space Agency has entered into a partnership with Lockheed Martin, Australia which would provide it the necessary assistance in building Australia’s space capabilities, particularly where education is concerned, according to a report by ZDNet.
According to Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, “This statement acknowledges Lockheed Martin Australia’s role in supporting the growth of the space sector with its provision of civilian products and services in areas such as data analytics, quantum computing, research and development, and STEM programs.”
The Australian Space Agency has been continuously trying to carve a niche for itself in the space research arena and this partnership it believes will go a long way in achieving that objective.
The latest partnership is the space agency’s fourth alliance with an industry partner, following similar arrangements made with leaders like Airbus, Nova Systems, and Siatel.
The Australian Space Agency came into being in July 2018 and according to the government, having a national space agency will “help Australian businesses capture more of the US$340 billion a year global space industry”.
The main aim of the Australian Space Agency is to triple its size to AU$12 billion by 2030 and generate 20,000 new jobs.
The agency will be run under the able leadership of Megan Clark, former Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who is planning to triple the size of the Australian Space Agency by 2030.
“The agreement with Lockheed Martin, Australia will make a significant contribution to the industry growth and will help to inspire the next generation of Australians through STEM education and community awareness programs focused on space,” said Clark.
The agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales in an attempt to develop their space capabilities, particularly in the areas of operations, science, Earth observation, positioning systems, and communications.