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Satellites will be used to improve advanced communications and observations of earth from space at a research centre set to receive $55 million from the federal government.

 

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The SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre in Adelaide will complement the work of the Australian Space Agency, with both to be based in the South Australian capital.

The collaborative research body is led by the space industry, with 74 participants adding to the government’s $55 million spend by chipping in $167 million.

Science Minister Karen Andrews says the centre will support the creation of new technologies for sectors such as agriculture, logistics, communications and mining, and help strengthen national defence and security.

“SmartSat CRC will foster the creation of next generation space technologies and professionals,” she said today.

“Our aim is to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”

The announced funding has already been committed, meaning it is not an election promise ahead of Australians going to the polls on May 18.

The centre will aim to help 73 PhD students graduate, and advance gender and diversity equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related industries.

-AAP

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