Space Infrastructure Fund – Space Payload Qualification Facilities grant now open
We’re investing in our space sector by addressing gaps in Australia’s space infrastructure. Today a new Payload Qualification Facilities grant opens, to expand and improve existing facilities for testing space objects in Australia.
One of the seven projects under the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund to deliver an internationally recognised space payload testing and qualification facility. The $2.5 million grant opportunity will enable Australian business and researchers to test their space objects, like satellites on our soil.
An audit of existing payload qualification and testing facilities in Australia found a range of level one capability. This capability includes mandatory testing requirements for launch such as mechanical vibration, and vacuum bake out.
The audit identified gaps or limited availability in level two and level three capabilities. These higher level capabilities provide greater mission assurance, such as thermal vacuum, altitude control and ionising radiation.
The grant opportunity will focus on level two and/or three capabilities.
The $2.5 million Space Payload Qualification Facilities grant opportunity closes on 23 December 2020.
More information on the overall Space Funding Opportunities HERE