All Systems Go For South Australian Space Centre


The South Australian government says it wants to capitalise on the fast-growing multi-billion-dollar business around space, announcing the creation of a South Australian Space Industry Centre.

The government said the centre (SASIC) would help to fuel space industry innovation, encourage startups and create high-tech jobs.

The announcement comes ahead of the International Astronautical Congress which is being held in Adelaide next week, with some of the largest space agencies and companies – including NASA and SpaceX – to be in attendance.

“We know that the space industry in this country and around the world is growing at about three times the rate of growth [of] the rest of the growth in the world economy,” Premier Jay Weatherill said.

SASIC will be run alongside Defence SA, and the state government hopes it will soon be part of a national space agency.

The centre will provide grants of $1 million per year to develop local space businesses, and encourage research and development.