Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

SmartSat Advancing Space Technology

Image Credits: SmartSat, Press Release
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

SmartSat, in conjunction with the ACT Government, has unveiled a suite of research and development (R&D) projects, signalling a profound commitment to advancing space technology and capabilities in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

This collaboration has seen their joint investment in the ACT’s space endeavours soar past a significant milestone, reaching over AU$7 million. The announcement coincides with the launch of the ACT Space Update 2023, highlighting the organisation’s dedication to contributing to the region’s growing reputation as a hub for cutting-edge space research.

SmartSat is investing in R&D initiatives that address critical challenges in the space sector. These initiatives encompass a wide range of technological advancements, including enhancing bushfire resilience, enabling spacecraft system autonomy, improving space object surveillance, and fortifying cybersecurity measures to safeguard space systems.

One noteworthy R&D collaboration involves a partnership between the esteemed Australian National University (ANU) and an Australian Machinery industry company. This project is centred on the development of advanced manufacturing technologies for the OzFuel instrument, a vital payload of an Earth Observation Resilience satellite mission.

The mission’s primary goal is to enhance continental-scale fire management and environmental monitoring, with a specific focus on Australian Eucalypt forests, which are prone to wildfires. The innovative technologies arising from this collaboration promise to be instrumental in achieving this ambitious objective.

The second major R&D project brings together a flight computers supplier, UNSW Canberra, and the developer of a next-generation satellite digital twinning platform. Their collective efforts are aimed at advancing Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) capabilities. SBSS is becoming increasingly crucial in both defence and commercial space operations, as the challenges posed by the proliferation of debris and space objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) continue to mount. This project represents a significant step forward in enhancing situational awareness and safety in the crowded expanse of space.

Additionally, SmartSat has made strategic investments in cybersecurity and resilient artificial intelligence for space systems at UNSW Canberra. These initiatives underscore the organisation’s commitment to ensuring the security and resilience of critical space infrastructure. In conjunction with these endeavours, SmartSat has established two Professorial Chairs at ANU. Professor Hanna Kurniawati holds the Professorial Chair for System Autonomy, Intelligence, and Decision Making, while Professor Kirk McKenzie occupies the Professorial Chair of Precision Measurement in Space. These appointments reflect SmartSat’s commitment to nurturing expertise in key areas of space research and development.

The CEO of SmartSat underscored the significance of this AU$7 million joint investment in the ACT. He views it as a testament to SmartSat’s unwavering commitment to supporting and advancing the national space sector. Since 2020, SmartSat has consistently demonstrated its dedication by funding over ten projects at ANU and UNSW Canberra.

The CEO expressed excitement about aligning with the initiative-taking agenda set by the ACT government through this fresh round of research investments. He believes that these investments will have a ripple effect, accelerating the development of space R&D capabilities in the ACT and providing invaluable support to ANU’s broader Earth Observation Resilience Mission.

Looking ahead, SmartSat is expected to play a pivotal role in establishing the foundation for a robust and successful national space sector. These strategic investments foster collaboration between established industry leaders and emerging companies. Simultaneously, they harness the expertise and innovation of Australia’s leading universities. The ultimate goal is to cultivate the specialised capabilities required to nurture a thriving commercial space industry, ensuring that Australia remains at the forefront of space exploration and technology.

In August 2023, OpenGov Asia reported that SmartSat hosted the second Defence & National Security Showcase in Canberra, bringing together key government officials, defence and national security stakeholders, and industry representatives. The aim was to update attendees on the government’s research projects and strategic directions in defence and security. Over 70 participants joined the event, which included a session highlighting research projects in space domain awareness, AI in space, and advanced communications.

These projects demonstrated how space technology is being aligned with national defence efforts, connecting collaborative research initiatives, and advancing Australia’s space capabilities while enhancing defence and security interests.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit