Six different Australia-India space industry memorandums were signed on Monday by Australia, which served as the principal partner nation at the Bengaluru Space Expo 2022 (BSX 2022) for the third consecutive year.
The Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed at the event’s opening ceremony on Monday. In order to insert small satellites into desired LEO, GEO, and Cislunar orbits, Space Machines Company (SMC), an Australian startup, will work with Ananth Technologies, a Bengaluru-based aerospace and defence manufacturer, on product integration, testing, technology development, and joint space missions.
Similarly, to support Australian space aspirations, the Australian start-up HEX20 will collaborate with the Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace to supply launch services, spacecraft avionics, and components. This corporation works closely with commercial initiatives, academic space missions, and government-funded defence systems to construct satellite platforms, mission services, and their supporting subsystems. They are related to expeditions to Mars and the moon.
HEX20 is one of the nine international space start-ups that have joined Australia’s first space-specific incubator programme, Venture Catalyst Space, run by the University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) and funded by the South Australian Government’s Space Innovation Fund.
In order to advance Australian launch facilities and facilitate collaborative mineral exploration missions in space, Skyroot Aerospace will collaborate with QL Space, another Australian business. Perth, Australia’s capital of mining, resources, and mining technology, is where QL Space is headquartered. Through remote sensing satellites, sensors, data, and deep learning (AI+ML), QL Space seeks to create game-changing new space technology that transforms the industry. Future space missions, mining, agriculture, defence, and the environment are all expected to profit from their transformational advances.
According to the Australian Consulate-General’s office, the Perth-based QL Space will collaborate with Skyroot Aerospace to expand Australia’s launch infrastructure and facilitate shared mineral exploration missions in orbit.
While it (QL) will collaborate with Chennai-based GalaxEye to create a hybrid optic and radar payload to lessen the negative environmental effects of important mineral exploration in Australia and elsewhere, and with Bengaluru-based SatSure to develop satellite – and AI-based solutions to support the mining, agriculture, and defence industries, as well as apply this technology to the outer space environment.
Together, SABRN Health from Australia, Altdata, and DCube from India will develop and integrate hardware, sensor technologies, and software to support astronauts’ health. A payload version of an emergency room that may be used to remove injured people from hostile settings quickly is being considered by SABRN Health (including the lunar surface).
Furthermore, Altdata uses data to create intelligent systems and uses artificial data to fill in the gaps left by real-world data. Its staff is an expert in technology that can provide precise, less prone-to-human mistake metadata that is essential for training.
Enrico Palermo, the director of the Australian Space Agency (ASA), led a group of 40 people to BSX-2022. He stated that because their commercial space sectors are at comparable stages of growth, they are the ideal partners. They are pleased to be sponsoring the Gaganyaan mission and recognise the importance of India’s national space programme.
While praising Australia’s initiative to work with Indian space organisations, Isro Chairman S. Somanath said Isro appreciated the time, effort, and focus Australia has put into strengthening the space connection with India and recognises Australian capabilities in downstream applications. Somanath also remarked that it’s amazing to see so many business relationships emerging in the high technology sphere among the space agencies of both nations.
The HAL-L&T collaboration was granted a four-year, Rs 8.6 billion contract by NewsSpace India Limited for the complete development of five Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) (NSIL). On Monday, during the opening ceremony of the 7th Bengaluru Space Expo 2022 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center, the contract was signed by HAL and NSIL (BIEC).
With the primary goal of assisting Indian enterprises in expanding their high-technology manufacturing and production base to suit the objectives of the Indian space program, ISRO established a separate corporation called NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). The ISRO PSLV has completed more than 52 successful missions over the years.