The Australian Space Agency has signed an agreement with space and defence giant, Thales, in what Technology Minister Karen Andrews described as an important step in the Government’s plan to create opportunities for Australian industry and new local jobs.
In making the announced, Minister Andrews said engaging with big international players like Thales will allow Australian businesses, including advanced manufacturers, to ‘carve out a place’ in the international space supply chain.
“Space is very much an international game and for Australia to succeed we need to play to our strengths and have our businesses and researchers working cooperatively,” Ms Andrews continued.
“This statement is designed to mutually identify key areas of investment as well as potential research, development and commercial opportunities.
“The Morrison Government plans to triple the size of the Australian space sector by 2030, adding $12 billion to our economy each year, and creating 20,000 new jobs.”
Thales Australia’s CEO Chris Jenkins said the collaboration would help build Australia’s sovereign capabilities.
“Thales has been a long-term investor in Australia’s advanced technology sector, through comprehensive technology transfer and close collaboration with research agencies and specialised Australian SMEs,” Mr Jenkins noted.
“Together, Thales and the Australian Space Agency can build and develop the Australian workforce and SME sector to meet the future needs of the growing space economy.”