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A deal between NASA and the Adelaide-based SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre could lead to emergency beacon technology developed in South Australia for the next moon missions.
In a collaboration being hailed as a significant boost for Australia’s developing space economy, the project aims to use emerging satellite technology to advance distress-related communications and navigation systems to benefit the US and Australia.
The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre brings together more than 100 national and international partners who have invested over $190 million, along with $55 million in Federal Government funding over seven years.
The NASA Search and Rescue office collaboration involves South Australian organisations Myriota, Black Art Technologies, UniSA, Safety from Space and Flinders University.
SmartSat CEO and managing director Professor Andy Koronios said the project would help to build Australia’s Space industry by developing leading-edge technology and expertise with the partners involved.
“This collaboration is part of a more systematic and broader activity between NASA NGoddard Space Flight Centre and SmartSat CRC and opens the door to a lot of possibilities for the Australian space community,” he said.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Goddard’s Search and Rescue office, joining their push towards the moon and beyond.”
NASA’s Artemis program aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.
The knowledge gained will then be used to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.
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