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New space project to boost sensor design and testing

The Federal Government will invest A$2.3m in a new, world-class space research project aimed at improving weather forecasts by improving local design, construction and testing of advanced, remote sensing instruments.

Led by Vipac Engineers & Scientists, the Greenhouse Gas Monitor project will also enhance Australia’s greenhouse gas monitoring capability to better help industries understand climate change and provide opportunity for the country to improve its space design and manufacturing capabilities.

The A$2.3 million grant is funded through the government’s Australian Space Research Program.

Launching the project on behalf of Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, Federal Member for Makin Tony Zappia said space science is no longer about a race to the moon but about helping us tackle quality-of-life issues such as weather forecasting and our changing climate.

“The project will boost Australian design, construction and testing of advanced, remote sensing instruments and its greenhouse gas monitoring capability will further our understanding of climate change,” Mr Zappia said.

Senator Carr said the project will showcase Australian innovation and the capacity of our world-class research to drive new industries and opportunities.

 “The project complements the Gillard Labor Government’s Clean Energy Future package which will support Australian jobs by assisting businesses to transform and create industries that prosper in a low carbon economy,” Senator Carr said.

The A$40m Australian Space Research Program is designed to develop Australia’s niche space capabilities.

For more information on the Program, visit

For more information about A Clean Energy Future, visit

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