NCI is a core partner in the newly announced Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, an Australian Government investment that will bring together the whole space-sourced data supply chain – from collection via satellite to end consumption.   The new Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership will receive government funding of up to $6 million to 2016-17 to be matched in cash or in-kind by core partners. It will also have access to further project funding of up to $10 million per year through the Industry Collaboration Fund for innovative projects with commercial potential.

Minister Assisting for Innovation and Industry, Senator Kate Lundy, said this partnership will bring new investment and create high tech, high wage jobs in future industries that diversify Australia's economy.

"The Partnership aims to help Australia carve out a 2.2 per cent share of the global space and spatial technologies market – growing revenue by up to $12.5 billion annually by 2023 – and creating more than 10,000 new jobs in the sector.

"It is an industry-led initiative backed by government and the research sector that has already attracted ten high level, core partners."

Over a number of years, NCI has had an increasing involvement in geospatial data processing and analysis, principally through its partnership with Geoscience Australia, and, in particular, through its involvement with an Australian Space Research Office project titled "Unlocking the Landsat Archive", led by Lockheed-Martin.

There are plans for NCI to hold multi-petabyte collections of geospatial data, and to provide research production services in the area of earth observation through Geoscience Australia.

NCI Director, Professor Lindsay Botten, said that the NCI is pleased to support the Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, through its infrastructure and expertise base. 

"Of particular significance to NCI, through its involvement as a partner in this venture, is the opportunity to engage more deeply with industry and its requirement for high-end computational services, particularly in this area of national importance, and in line with the Australian Government's desire to see increased industry uptake of, and benefits from, the research infrastructure in which it has invested."

The Space and Spatial Partnership will have headquarters at Mt Stromlo, Canberra and centres across other states in Australia including South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.

The Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership will build vital links between industry, government, defence, research and education to increase productivity, improve efficiencies, grow skill capacity and ensure long-term sustainability and growth of the sector.

Media released from major partners:


INNOVATION KEEPS AUSTRALIA AT FOREFRONT OF SPACE INDUSTRY: Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr / Minister Assisting for Innovation and Industry Kate Lundy / Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann / Member for Fraser Dr Andrew Leigh 


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