Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station has signed a partnership agreement with the Australian Space Agency to collaborate and create new opportunities in the space economy in Australia, the UK and beyond.
The new statement of strategic intent and cooperation aims to help progress the Australian space sector and make the benefits of space more accessible for businesses, governments and institutions.
One activity forming part of the agreement and already underway is Goonhilly’s involvement in the proposed SmartSat CRC (co-operative research centre) space research initiative. This consortium aims to enhance connectivity, navigation and monitoring capability across Australia and to maximise the country’s resources by solving major satellite system and advanced communications challenges.
To help accelerate the growth of the Australian space economy, Goonhilly is also adopting its tried and tested UK business model, which is built around the development of close working relationships with local and national government, academia, business and other industry players.
Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency said: “We welcome Goonhilly’s intent to invest in communications, and research and development in Australia. The agreement will provide greater opportunities for technology transfer and the creation of local skilled jobs in the space sector.”
“Both Goonhilly and the Australian Space Agency have a shared commitment to increase the opportunities afforded by space exploration and development. Through this partnership we will enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of both Australian and UK industry, to forge productive international collaborations and promote investments in space,” commented Ian Jones, CEO of Goonhilly.