February 25, 2024

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SmartSat and NZSA Partner for Australasian Space Innovation

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SmartSat and the New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at accelerating the growth and technological advancement of the Australian and New Zealand space industries. This collaborative endeavour marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of space exploration and innovation within the Australasian region.

At the heart of this partnership lies a shared commitment to foster innovation, propel research and development (R&D), and cultivate a skilled workforce capable of driving technological breakthroughs in the space sector. The agreement, ceremoniously signed at the NZSA headquarters in Wellington, signifies a strategic alignment between SmartSat and NZSA to harness their collective resources and expertise.

Central to the collaboration is the allocation of up to NZ$6 million from the NZ Government’s Catalyst Fund, earmarked to support joint research initiatives across three key technological domains: Earth Observation, Space Situational Awareness, and Optical Communications. These areas represent the frontier of space exploration, offering immense potential to revolutionise how people perceive and interact with the cosmos.

In the realm of Earth Observation, researchers from both institutions will converge to leverage space data in innovative ways, enhancing decision-making processes for land and sea-based environments. From monitoring natural capital and biosecurity to assessing crop health and pasture condition, the research projects envisage a future where space-derived insights inform sustainable practices and mitigate environmental risks.

Similarly, the Space Situational Awareness initiatives seek to advance techniques for monitoring the orbital environment, ensuring the safety and integrity of space assets. Researchers aim to fortify their understanding of space dynamics and enhance operational efficiency through projects like Satping, which enables precise spacecraft position and velocity identification, and ground-sensor data processing for anomaly detection.

In the realm of Optical Communications, collaborative research endeavours will explore the frontiers of adaptive optics, focusing on coordinating a network of Australasian optical ground stations to support space exploration endeavours. By harnessing the power of adaptive optics, scientists aspire to optimise data transmission and reception capabilities, paving the way for enhanced communication networks across the cosmos.

Professor Andy Koronios, CEO of SmartSat CRC, expressed unwavering enthusiasm for the partnership, emphasising its potential to address pressing environmental challenges and transform agricultural practices through Earth Observation technologies. He underscored the critical role of data-driven insights in shaping sustainable futures for Australia and New Zealand alike.

Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency, echoed Professor Koronios’ sentiments, emphasising the intrinsic value of collaboration in advancing space technology and innovation. He highlighted the shared vision of Australia and New Zealand in leveraging space assets to improve terrestrial life, underscoring the symbiotic nature of their partnership.

Minister Judith Collins, New Zealand’s Minister for Space, lauded the new agreement as a testament to the enduring collaboration between Australia and New Zealand in the realm of space exploration. In a statement on her official website, she reaffirmed her commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration, acknowledging the transformative potential of space technology in addressing global challenges.

As the Australian and New Zealand space industries embark on this collaborative journey, fuelled by innovation and driven by a shared vision of exploration and discovery, the MoU between SmartSat and NZSA stands as a beacon of hope for a future where the boundaries of possibility are defined only by the limits of the imagination.

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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.

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