Six space firms share in $5.5m from Moon to Mars program
Companies are able to apply for the $250,000 to $1 million grants, to cover up to 75 per cent of projects costs. Adelaide-based Southern Launch has received $986,568 for development of a mobile launch rail for sub-orbital vehicles weighing between 20kg and 3,500kg. Canberra-based and UNSW Canberra Space spinoff Skykraft has landed $978,000 to facilitate pointing accuracy upgrades to its proprietary Attitude Determination and Control System. Currently the firm’s earth observation platform is being developed for air traffic management services to be delivered through a constellation of low earth orbit spacecraft.
Brisbane-based Valiant Space has received $750,000 to continue developing an in-space non-toxic propulsion system. Melbourne-based NextAero has scored the maximum $1 million to improve its current testing capability for portable liquid rocket engines. The remaining $1 million and $750,000 grants went to Conflux Technology and EvokeEdge respectively. The $150 million Moon to Mars initiative is administered through the Australian Space Agency.
The Moon to Mars program was announced in March 2021 as a part of the Morrison government’s $800 million Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028. Deputy Prime Minister and former Shadow Minister for Science Richard Marles has previously welcomed the Moon to Mars grants. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has yet to make any commitments to the space sector but has pledged to create a $15 billion National Reconstruction. The federal government is aiming to produce another budget in October this year.
Read full article at https://www.innovationaus.com/