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Space agency looks to sign MoUs with all states and territories following ACT deal

The Australian Space Agency is looking to sign memorandums of understanding with other states and territories following its irst such deal with the ACT government this week. The MoU with the ACT will establish a framework of cooperation in the development of space-related industries and outlines key areas where the agency can work with the ACT government to boost the space industry.

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the signing demonstrated his government’s commitment to supporting space industries, including critical infrastructure.

“We want to ensure that the ACT’s own space industry can continue to grow with the support of the agency,” he said. “With nearly one in four Australian space industry jobs based in Canberra, we recognise that building partnerships in this sector will strengthen the local and national industry and create more jobs here in Canberra.”

Some of the areas of cooperation under the MoU include quantum communications, deep space communications, design, test and qualiication of space hardware, space situational awareness, and space law.

Space agency head Megan Clark said similar agreements would come as it looks to strengthen the sector nationally from its new base in South Australia. “All states and territories have a vital role to play in growing our space sector. We’re continuing to work closely with all jurisdictions across Australia as we establish our location in Adelaide,” Clark said. Geoff Long, Commsday


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