Space industries

Future launch – Satellite manufacturing – Ground segment – Robotics - Defence - Research and Development - Big Data and Artificial Intelligence


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

South Australia hosts the country’s first launch site for polar and sun synchronous orbital launch.

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.

Some of the fastest-growing startups and companies including Myriota, Fleet Space Technologies and Inovor Space Technologies.

Investing in Space

With over 80 space companies in Adelaide, South Australia has a dynamic domestic space ecosystem that includes notable private investors and companies such as Boeing HorizonX, Airbus, Nova Systems, BAE Systems Australia, Lockheed Martin, SAAB, and Raytheon.
The Australian Space Agency is located at the heart of Adelaide’s innovation hub, Lot Fourteen and aims to grow the Australian space market to $12 billion, creating a further 20,000 jobs by 2030.

The Federal 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 $4 million Space Innovation Fund is supporting the South Australian Space Scholarships program – providing emerging leaders the opportunity to increase their knowledge and experience in global markets and providing companies with access to some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.

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

South Australia provides easy access and proximity to the key decision makers and associated relevant space projects, such as:

We additionally have one of the highest concentrations of space and defence-related organisations in Australia, with multi-national defence primes and South Australian companies collectively delivering some of the world’s most advanced defence projects worth $90 billion. 

Connected 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

Case studies

South Australia’s first rocket launch just months away

South Australia’s space sector will take a ‘giant leap’ forward this year, with its first rocket launch at a new test range in the state’s far west to be held within months.

Adelaide space start-up Southern Launch will fire 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