Comms partnership to fuel Australia's space sector

Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Comms partnership to fuel Australia's space sector

Speedcast and the Australian Space Agency have teamed up to fuel the country’s space sector and accelerate satellite research and development (R&D).

The agreement comes as part of the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019–2028, which identifies key fields the country plans to focus on in developing its space sector, including communications; position, navigation and timing; space situational awareness and debris monitoring; leapfrog R&D; robotics and automation on Earth and in space; and access to space.

Speedcast hopes its investment in the space sector will also help advance satellite managed services that support sovereign and international satellite operators; Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and space connectivity applications for key economic sectors; new products, software and services that leverage the company’s position in maritime and mobility connectivity; and value-added services in collaboration with partners and suppliers.

Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said the space initiative builds on the company’s “long history of providing connectivity services to emerging markets, and will advance global communications while driving economic growth opportunities in new regions”.

Australian Space Agency Head Dr Megan Clark welcomed Speedcast’s support, acknowledging its investment in the Australian space sector through “the export of Australia’s satellite intellectual property and research and development to new areas”.

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