New agreement with Sitael to help boost Australia’s satellite capability

The Australian Space Agency has signed a statement of strategic intent with Sitael Australia, a designer and manufacturer of satellites, to design, build and test small satellites in Australia.

The signing, which took place during the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany yesterday, will hep Australia improve its satellite capabilities, head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark, said.

“This initiative aims to solve communications challenges that will provide enhanced connectivity, navigation improvements and monitoring of our country and its resources,” she said.

Sitael Australia is a subsidiary of Sitael S.p.A, the largest privately-owned space company in Italy. The company opened a new branch in Adelaide in June 2018, becoming one of the leading local companies in the design and manufacture of satellites of up to 300kg.

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Being a member of the International Aerospace Federation, Sitael is also involved in emerging fields including the Internet of Things (IoT) and instrumentation of science application.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews welcomed the signing, saying it will further drive Australia’s position in the global space race and assist in growing our share of the world’s space economy.

The Federal Government has committed $41 million to establish the Australian Space Agency and is investing more than $260 million to grow Australia’s space satellite infrastructure.

“The statement of strategic intent is confirmation of Sitael’s support of Australia’s capability for developing small satellites, investment in operations, ground stations and R&D.

“This signing will further drive Australia’s position in the global space race and assist in growing our share of the world’s space economy, estimated to be worth around US$345 billion,” Minister Andrews said.

Nicola Zaccheo, Chief Executive Officer at Sitael, said their strategic purpose to design, build and test small satellites would help to increase the capacity of the Australian space sector.

“Sitael is proud to be part of the growing space ecosystem in Australia, delivering growth and jobs in advanced manufacturing and innovation in cutting edge space technology development.”