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Australia-India $18M Space Collaboration

Funding has been announced for three collaborative space projects between Australia and India, targetting shared challenges.

The Australian Government will provide A$18 million (INR 98 crore) through the International Space Investment India Projects program. 

The Australia India Institute, in partnership with the the Australian Space Agency and University of Technology Sydney, delivered the ‘Australia-India Space Cooperation: Unlocking International Potential’ panel discussion highlighting the three grantees:

  • LatConnect60 (WA) has been awarded almost $5.8 million to develop and build a Low Earth Orbit satellite in Australia to collect information on carbon emissions at a very high resolution. The satellite will be launched from India, and aims to significantly lower the cost of data acquisition and insight generation of key indicators like methane and carbon dioxide – supporting our agriculture and resources sectors to achieve emissions reduction and Net Zero targets. 

  • Space Machines Company (NSW) has been awarded more than $8.5 million for Space MAITRI (Mission for Australia-India’s Technology, Research and Innovation) - demonstrating advanced concepts such as on-orbit transportation and space debris mitigation. Space MAITRI will incorporate an Australian-built Orbital Servicing Vehicle, sent into space on a dedicated Indian launcher.

  • Skykraft (ACT) has been awarded $3.7 million to propose and validate a new Position, Navigation and Timing system. The ultimate aim is to better connect large-scale satellite constellations, which are vital for Earth observation and forecasting weather.

Each project will involve various Australian and Indian partners working together to tackle climate change, boost manufacturing, and advance artificial intelligence, among other goals.

Image: (L-R) Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo and High Commissioner of India to Australia, His Excellency Mr Gopal Baglay.

Source: Australian Space Agency

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