- Standards Australia has kicked off a project to mirror ISO subcommittee ISO/TC 20/SC 14, Space Systems and Operations to support Australia’s growing space industry.
- The Australian Government has dedicated billions of dollars towards space capability across several space programs.
Standards Australia has kicked off a project to participate in international space standardisation to support Australia’s focus on growing its own space capability.
The Australian Government has launched several initiatives towards supporting a vibrant and globally competitive national space industry. The Government released the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, which details a dedicated $41 million across four years and is being targeted to establish the Adelaide based Australian Space Agency. $260 million is dedicated to supporting the development of satellite capabilities through Geoscience Australia. An additional $6 million will go to a Space Discover Centre, and $19.5 million will be invested in the Government’s Space Infrastructure Fund.
In 2020, the Australian Department of Defence released its 2020 Fore Structure plan which outlines a new strategy for defence capabilities and investments to deliver it. Over the next decade, the strategy will dedicate $7 billion to develop space capabilities, including investment in satellite communications, improved tracking and identification of space objects and more.
The Australian Space Agency has signed Memorandums of Understanding with several countries, including the United Kingdom, to identify areas of cooperation in space. It has also signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with several counties, including Japan, to support growing Australia’s space capability.
Standards Australia is aligning with the Government’s strategy through participating in international committee ISO/TC 20, Aircraft and space vehicles and its subcommittee ISO/TC 20/SC 14, Space Systems and Operations. This subcommittee is responsible for over 150 published standards, with almost 50 in development. The standards cover broad fields, from space environment, ground infrastructure, communications, spacecraft components and more.
Standards Australia is currently in the process of forming a mirror committee to ISO/TC 20/SC 14. The mirror committee will allow Australian representation at an international level.
“Australian participation on the international standardisation level is fantastic. It will allow us to provide essential support in growing a successful space industry,” said Roland Terry-Lloyd, Head of Standards Development at Standards Australia.
“Standards support all aspects of growing space capabilities, from manufacturing guidance to raising awareness of the importance of industry,” Mr Terry-Lloyd concluded.