The rapid commercial development of space technologies – along with an increased demand for space-based services across the global economy – has driven the creation of a new, commercially orientated, space industry: Space 2.0.
Our state is in a prime position to rapidly grow our space economy. Along with strong supporting industries like aerospace and advanced manufacturing, our space industry has leading strengths in:
- space-enabled services, particularly earth observation data analytics
- space systems, particularly robotics and automation technology for application in space, and niche manufacturing
- ground systems, building on existing industry capabilities and our favourable location for satellite coverage of the eastern seaboard of Australia and the Western Pacific
- launch activities, including our favourable location on the east coast of Australia.
Read more about Queensland's space industry capabilities ( 1 MB).
Space is already part of our plan. The Queensland Aerospace 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan ( 7.3 MB) was released in June 2018. This plan sets out our vision for the state's aerospace industry, including space.
Sky is not the limit: Building Queensland’s space economy
To get a better picture of the opportunities a space industry offers for Queensland, in 2018 we commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to map out the current state of play in our state’s space sector. That report, Sky is not the limit: Building Queensland’s space economy ( 6.3 MB), provides key insights and reflections on growing our space sector. It found that Queensland has a niche but globally competitive space industry, with strong research partners and significant opportunity for future growth.
Our state has competitive advantages in the space systems, launch, ground systems, space-enabled services and R&D parts of the supply chain. The Deloitte report also found that the we can boost the growth of our space industry and its benefits across the Queensland economy by strengthening its connections with the state’s traditional and emerging powerhouse industries.
In June 2018, the Queensland Space Industry Reference Group (QSIRG) was established. This group helps guide the development of Queensland's space industry. It's chaired by Queensland's Strategic Defence Advisor for Aerospace, Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart (retd) and includes:
- senior executives from aerospace multinationals with a base in Queensland
- entrepreneurs from the state's next generation of space-related SMEs
- senior executives and academics from Queensland's leading universities and research organisations.
Following the Australian Government's establishment of the Australian Space Agency, the Queensland Parliament tasked the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee to investigate space industry opportunities for Queensland.
The committee held public hearings and engaged with stakeholders across Queensland. The consultations included aerospace multinationals, space start-ups and SMEs, universities, and government agencies.
The Queensland Government response to the committee’s recommendations was tabled on 28 May 2019. The government accepted, in whole or in principle, all 15 of the committee’s recommendations.
Learn more about the Queensland Parliament Space Inquiry.
Next steps and Current work
We’re developing a Queensland space industry strategy, bringing together all the work done to date and setting out the path forward.
We’re also investigating demand for Australian launch services, in partnership with Austrade, the Australian Space Agency and other state governments.