Sector

Space industries

Launch facility – Satellite manufacturing – Ground segment – Robotics - Defence - Research and development - Big data and artificial intelligence – NewSpace – Internet of Things

Highlights

Home to the Australian Space Agency headquarters and SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

South Australian innovative space company, Southern Launch is developing the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on the southern coastline of the state to address an identified emerging gap in the orbital rocket launch market. South Australia holds the highest share of Australia’s overall civil space pipeline at 31% of inbound investment into the country.

One of the highest concentrations of space and defence-related organisations in Australia.

Investing in Space

South Australia’s involvement with space dates back to 1947 with the establishment of the Woomera Rocket Range. It is now home to leading-edge research and development in satellite and space technologies.

With over 80 space companies in Adelaide, South Australia has a dynamic domestic space ecosystem that includes notable private investors and companies. South Australia is home to some of the country’s most innovative start-ups, companies and research institutions that are developing new space technologies, and attracting global attention and investment.

The development of a strong and globally competitive space industry is in the national interest and South Australia strongly supports the Australian Space Agency goal of tripling the size of the space sector to $12bn and creating up to 20,000 jobs by 2030.

In addition to the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency, the Australian Government’s $245 million Smart Satellite Cooperate Research Centre is also headquartered in Adelaide at Lot Fourteen and brings together universities, government and private sector stakeholders, developing advanced telecommunications and Internet of Things connectivity, intelligence satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services.
 
The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) aims to grow the space sector in South Australia, and delivers a Space Innovation Fund that is supporting the South Australian Space Scholarships program – providing emerging leaders the opportunity to increase their knowledge and experience and supporting the founders of new start-ups to nurture and grow ideas within the space sector.

SASIC has additionally developed the Space Incubator Program, Venture Catalyst Space which is delivered through the University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC). Venture Catalyst Space aims to support the founders of new start-ups and nurture and grow ideas within the space sector.

Investment advantages

Investing in South Australia provides a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative space ecosystem that includes the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, future Space Discovery and Mission Control Centres, along with a thriving network of space startups and rapidly growing companies.

The Mission Control Centre, to be co-located with the Australian Space Agency at Lot Fourteen, will be a focal point for space missions in Australia. The Centre, which is being developed by Australian company Saber Astronautics, will provide the facilities for space start-ups, companies and researchers to control small satellite missions, enabling real-time control and testing and the accelerated development of Australian satellite technology. 

The Space Discovery Centre will provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, engagement and inspiration for young Australians, run by National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon.

Companies looking to establish in SA can take advantage of the Defence and Space Landing pad, conveniently co-located with the Space Innovation Precinct at Lot Fourteen. The Defence and Space Landing Pad provides relocating companies with affordable, short-term office facilities and relationship building opportunities. Pre-funded packages of up to $40,000 to access professional support and advice are available to eligible companies establishing in a new market or region through the South Australian Landing Pad program. 

Connected ecosystem

With an ecosystem of over 80 space-related organisations, home of the Australian Space Agency and innovation precinct in the heart of Adelaide at Lot Fourteen and high-tech rocket launch facilities across the state, South Australia is the centre of our national space industry.

South Australia’s dynamic industry sector is supported by a vibrant research and education sector in South Australia – including three local universities, two international universities and world-renowned national research centres, such as Defence Science and Technology Group, which actively contribute to the state’s innovation ecosystem.

Emerging technologies are changing our working models in areas like cyber-defence and artificial intelligence – and in this digital age, the same technology is increasingly being used across the space, defence, hi-tech and creative industries sectors.

Primary contact

Looking to identify opportunities, strategic partnerships and get advice on the South Australian Space industries sector

Tiffany Katchmar

Director, Space Industries


Department for Trade and Investment

Space Industries

+61 427 438 617 Tiffany.Katchmar@sa.gov.au

Case studies

South Australia’s first rocket launch

South Australia’s space sector took a ‘giant leap’ forward, with its first rocket launch at a new test range in the state’s far west.

Adelaide space start-up Southern Launch fired a rocket about 100km into space from its Koonibba test range, further cementing SA as the space capital of Australia and paving the way for an influx of future work.

But aerospace engineer and Southern Launch chief executive Lloyd Damp believes the launch will be the rumble before the start of the avalanche for SA’s fledgling space industry.

Mr Damp says the looming opportunities for SA are ‘in the order of billions of dollars’ with lucrative government contracts on the horizon and a ‘multitude’ of foreign space companies eyeing the state.

Lloyd Damp
Chief Executive, Southern Launch