The Australian Space Agency will conduct a series of consultations seeking feedback and input on the design of its $150 million Moon to Mars program and grant opportunities. Public meetings will be held across Australia in late-February and early March, with the deadline for written submissions on 6 March.
‘Moon to Mars’ is the Agency’s shorthand for the totality of measures announced in its Growing Australia’s Space Industry strategy released in September 2019. It consists of three integrated elements: Supply Chain Program; Demonstrator Program; and Trailblazer Program.
It will provide an opportunity to showcase to the world Australia’s best ideas and technologies that can support space missions to the Moon and on to Mars; fuel the growth of Australian businesses so they can thrive in international space supply chains that support Moon to Mars activities; and create jobs and support the transformation of industries across Australia, the Agency says. The outline financial plan looks like this:
|2020-21 ($m)||2021-22 ($m)||2022-23 ($m)||2023-24 ($m)||2024-25 ($m)||Total ($m)|
|Supply Chain program||1.7||6.5||13.0||13.0||13.0||47.2|
The consultation focuses on the Supply Chain and Demonstrator programs as these will be implemented in 2020-21. More detailed consultation will occur on the Trailblazer program at a later date, the Agency says.
Meanwhile the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) is seeking input from its members to develop a submission written by its Legislation Working Group, led by Mr Bill Barrett. The deadline for this is 28 February.