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Space in South Australia

Home to Australia's national space agency and more than 90 space companies and organisations, South Australia is at the forefront of Australia’s burgeoning space industry.

  • Direct economic value-add of A$140m in 2020
  • 4.1% growth 2010–2020
  • 64% pa growth in SA’s emerging NewSpace sector

Building on a rich heritage that began with the establishment of the Woomera Rocket Range in 1947, South Australia has seized a leadership role in the development and application of space technology, boasting strong capabilities in earth observation, navigation and timing, and satellite communications and space-based position.

South Australia’s thriving space ecosystem is concentrated at Lot Fourteen, a competitive, future industries-focused precinct in the Adelaide CBD. Lot Fourteen’s Space Innovation Precinct hosts a mix of pioneering space start-ups and multinationals. It’s also home to a number of core organisations and facilities:

  • The Australian Space Agency develops national capability, leads international collaboration, regulates space activities and funds space programs.
  • The Mission Control Centre accelerates the development of satellite technology by providing facilities for start-ups, companies and researchers to control satellite missions.
  • The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre brings researchers and industry together to develop know-how and technologies in advanced telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services.
  • The new Australian Space Discovery Centre is a place for the community to meet and explore the latest innovations in space technologies.

South Australia’s Space Sector Strategy supports the Australian Space Agency’s core objective of tripling the national space industry’s national GDP contribution to A$12 billion per year and creating an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030. Leading implementation of the strategy is the government’s South Australian Space Industry Centre, which drives space industry innovation, research and entrepreneurial development.

South Australia’s dynamic space industry is also supported by the state’s vibrant research and education sector, including three local universities, two international universities, and world-renowned national research centres.

Incentives, grants and support

Move your space business to South Australia and you could take advantage of the Defence and Space Landing Pad, which provides affordable, short-term office facilities at Lot Fourteen, as well as crucial connections, support and advice.

For individuals, the South Australian Space Scholarships Program offers A$20,000 to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.