Boeing announces partnership with Australia’s national space agency

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A supplied {image of|picture of} a cubesat miniature satellite. (UNSW Canberra)

Boeing plans {to work with|to do business with|to utilize} Australia’ s national space agency by supporting {work on|focus on|work with} research and development, innovation and education programs as part of efforts {to grow|to develop|growing} the country’ s space economy.

The Australian Space Agency and Boeing announced the partnership, in the form of a statement of strategic intent, at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on Wednesday (US time).

Boeing senior vice president, Space and Launch Jim Chilton said there were great opportunities ahead as Australia grew its space industry and national capabilities.

“ Expanding our relationship {with the|using the|with all the} Australian Space Agency {is a|is really a|is actually a} significant step for Boeing and a reaffirmation of our longtime teaming with Australia in space, ” Chilton said in a statement.

“ It means a lot that we’ ve signed this agreement during a year {when the|once the|if the} world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, when both Boeing and Australia played important roles {in that|in this|for the reason that} historic achievement. ”

The federal government announced plans to set up a national space agency dates back in September 2017.

The agency, which is based in Adelaide and is chaired by Megan Clark, was officially established on July 1 2018 with Dr Megan Clark the inaugural head.

Part of the Australian Space Agency’ s remit {is to|would be to|is always to} triple the size of the country’ s space sector $12 billion a year and increase employment to 30, 000 jobs by 2030.

The national space agency had four key roles and responsibilities, namely to lift national and international engagement, set national policy and strategy to realise Australia’ s ambitions {in the|within the|inside the} civil space sector, facilitate growth in space industry sector and inspire the nation with Australian’ s contribution to human endeavours in space.

It was officially established on July 1 2018, with Dr Megan Clark the inaugural head.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews noted the partnership with Boeing was the sixth statement of strategic intent the national space agency had signed.

“ Boeing’ s ongoing commitment to supporting science, technology, engineering and maths education, including developing a skilled and diverse workforce is vital to the growth and progress of Australia’ s space economy, ” Andrews said in a statement.

“ The statement begins an important partnership with Boeing, and emphasises the value of its ongoing {research and development|r and d} in collaboration with universities and research institutions across Australia. ”

Dr Clark said collaboration and engagement, such as the partnership with Boeing, was {important for|essential for|necessary for} growing the space economy {in Australia|nationwide} and around the world.

“ This Statement of Strategic Intent highlights Boeing’ s existing collaboration with CSIRO, universities and industry in broad areas {such as|like|for example} space debris monitoring, advanced manufacturing and fuel production in space, on-orbit imaging, VR and remote space craft operation, ” Dr Clark said in the Boeing statement.

“ This partnership opens {the doors|opportunities} for Australian innovators to participate in the global supply chain of the space sector. ”

Boeing already had an existing long-standing partnership with the CSIRO, Australia’ s peak science research agency.

At the recent Avalon Airshow in February, Boeing {and the|as well as the|plus the} CSIRO announced 20 new research projects {and a|along with a|and also a} focus on the joint-development of space-related technologies.