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Moon to Mars grants provide supply chain boost

18-06-2021
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Christian Porter

The Federal Government is ensuring Australia’s growing space sector can play a key role in NASA’s Moon to Mars project, with two local companies recently receiving funding to improve their technical capabilities.

The second round of Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants follows the allocation of more than $1 million in the first round of grants in March.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the grants were designed to get more local companies involved in international supply chains, and create new Australian jobs as part of the government’s $150 million Moon to Mars initiative.  

“These grants will support the two local businesses to develop their work and tap into national and international space supply chains, helping grow skills and capabilities in the Australian space industry,” Minister Porter said.

“We are helping Australian companies be part of NASA’s plan to return to the Moon and prepare for missions to Mars, at the same time as strengthening our own space manufacturing base.

“This funding complements our $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy which is supporting the space sector as one of the government’s six priority areas.” 

The two recipients of the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants are: 

  • Crystalaid Manufacture, a high-tech electronics manufacturer from Queensland, has received $461,118 to replace and modernise their vacuum oven technology. This upgraded oven will help enhance their ability to supply electronics components to the international space industry. These components could be used in satellite electronics systems and will help Crystalaid meet new supply chain opportunities. This grant will also help Crystalaid grow the skills and capability of their manufacturing team.
  • Fleet Space Technologies, a nanosatellite company from South Australia, has received $386,770 to help the company and its partners SA Power Networks and OZ Minerals improve their ability to monitor remote critical infrastructure and environmental factors. This includes collaborating to miniaturise and strengthen sensors in their network. This partnership enables Fleet Space to pursue commercial supply chain opportunities, and illustrate a terrestrial application of space technology and hardware that can be extended to Moon to Mars activities.

Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo congratulated the companies and said they demonstrated the high quality of work being produced in Australia. 

“These grants encourage the best in our local companies, helping them develop cutting-edge technologies, create partnerships and link into national and international supply chains,” Mr Palermo said.

“This strengthens Australian space manufacturing industry and helps build a high tech workforce that can make a significant contribution to the national economy.

“Support from the Moon to Mars initiative and other government programs, combined with the talent and innovation of local space manufacturers, is strengthening Australia’s national space capability and enhancing Australia’s ability to compete in the international space economy.”

The $150 million Moon to Mars initiative is part of over $700 million being invested by the government into the Australian civil space sector towards the goal of tripling the sector’s size to $12 billion and creating up to an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030.

The Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement program offers grants between $250,000 and $1 million, with applications open until 30 June 2023. 

To apply for a grant and for more information, visit:  https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/moon-to-mars-supply-chain-ca...

 

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