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Federal and NSW governments invest $46m for satellite manufacturing center

An Australian satellite manufacturing center will be built outside Canberra after the Federal and New South Wales governments each invested around $23 million in the project.

The hub will be jointly led by Electro Optic Systems and Nova Systems, with Gilmour Space Technologies as a major partner.

The $71.4 million hub will offer design, manufacture and testing of satellites up to 500kg at two facilities, one in the South Jerrabomberra innovation district outside Canberra and the another at UTS Tech Lab at the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct based in Botany, New South Wales.

A dedicated R&D facility will also be developed at the UTS Tech laboratory adjacent to Tech Central Sydney.

The federal funding comes from the Morrison government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) collaboration stream, which provides significant grants for large-scale projects in priority sectors.

Industry Minister Angus Taylor at the EOS facility on Tuesday. Picture: Facebook

Industry Minister Angus Taylor announced the $23.6 million grant to the Electro Optic Systems (EOS) defense facility in Canberra on Tuesday, saying the new hub will help develop the space sector booming Australian.

“Funding for the Australian Satellite Manufacturing Center will further strengthen our credentials as a leading space nation,” Taylor said.

“This hub will help increase the capabilities of our space sector, support the development of new, highly skilled jobs, and make the space supply chain a place where collaboration to build great satellites is right here at home.”

After struggling to get funds out of the MMI, the Coalition committed about $1 billion from the flagship program during the campaign and the two months leading up to it.

Labor accused the Coalition of deliberately withholding ads to maximize their impact during the campaign, to the detriment of local manufacturers.

The New South Wales state government is also contributing $22.86 million to the Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub.

“We are serious about delivering record infrastructure and jobs and this legacy project will create 125 direct jobs during construction, half of which outside the Sydney Basin, as well as 375 ongoing jobs once operational,” said the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regions of New South Wales. NSW Paul Toole said.

“The manufacturing facility will be located in the Jerrabomberra South regional employment district, positioning it as one of the state’s premier employment districts in defence, space and cybersecurity.”

A separate $52 million MMI grant for the manufacture of launch vehicles and satellites was awarded to a consortium known as the Australian Space Manufacturing Network and led by Gilmour Space Technologies in March.

Gilmour will also be involved as a partner in the Australian Satellite Manufacturing Center led by EOS and Nova Systems.

Adelaide-based space company Southern Launch has also landed a nearly $5 million grant as part of the MMI Integration and Translation Stream’s latest funding round, announced earlier this month. Several space ventures were also funded in the initial round last year.

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