Queensland: The Perfect Ecosystem for Australia’s Emerging Space Industry

The state of Queensland will see a growth spurt of its space industry. The state’s industry is potentially a strong job provider, with 2000 full time jobs and $760 million to Queensland’s economy. 15 recommendations of the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee’s report were positively accepted by the state government. They outline the role of the state’s space industry in opening new doors for technology innovation, skill enhancement and diversified employment opportunities.

The report highly recommended establishment of Queensland based ground stations. The government should kick start planning to identify possible launch sites, for launch vehicle development. Such projects come with infrastructural ground realities that must be kept into account; internet connectivity, investment in education and training and incentives for businesses. This will also transform the state’s workforce ecosystem. More than 50 functioning organizations with the potential germane to the space industry requirement were identified by the report. The organizations include earth observation, robotics and automation, data analytics and ground systems businesses.

The most crucial element to nurture a successful space industry in Queensland is the existence of R & D facilities, population with very specific skillset and the emergence of a strong STEM based academia and research system. The state already has these necessary pre requisites along with state-of-the-art manufacturing units and an over all air of innovation driven startups. The entire environment will be developed with the aid of the state and the federal government.

Universities across the state are cheering at the news. The University of Southern Queensland that has a proposed static rocket testing site in Toowoomba, underway is elated with the knowledge. The industry will churn out other related industries creating opportunities like never before. “The strategy will build on the state’s competitive strengths as well as the significant overlaps these have with the Australian Space Agency’s forward investment plans in earth observation, robotics and automation, communication technologies and access to space,” said Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick.