The Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with EOS Space Systems, an Australian company specialising in space tracking systems. Together, the two organizations will expand EOS’ capabilities in tracking space objects and space debris, and boost Space Situational Awareness (SSA) in Australia, while growing the country’s space industry.
EOS currently operates a network of space situational awareness sensors at Mt Stromlo in the ACT and Learmonth in WA. This network currently tracks 10,000 space objects per week. Recently, the company raised AU$68m (US$46m) in funding. Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency said, ” Space situational awareness and debris monitoring is one of the seven National Civil Space Priorities outlined in the (Australia’s Civil Space) Strategy… Australia’s geographic location in the Southern Hemisphere enables monitoring of parts of space from our unique view into the Solar System.”
Professor Craig Smith, CEO of EOS Space Systems said he welcomes the opportunity to work with the Australian Space Agency to help achieve Australia’s ambitions in space.
“This statement will assist Australia to grow its world-leading capabilities in space situational awareness and debris monitoring and space communications,” said Professor Smith.
“Our business has been at the forefront of technical innovation in space for over three decades. EOS’s success is underpinned by an exceptional skilled local workforce and collaborative partnerships across government, Australian business, academia and research institutions.”