New Zealand Space Agency Agrees Partnership with SmartSat

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The New Zealand Space Agency has partnered with the Australian space research organization, the SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre, to advance space science and technology.

The agreement aims to advance space science for the benefit of New Zealanders.

The partnership presents an opportunity to collaborate on joint trans-Tasman challenges and address the safe and responsible use of space. It also aims to leverage aerospace-enabled data in primary industries and advance technology for improved communications.

This agreement builds upon successful international space science partnerships with NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Under this partnership, the Government’s Catalyst Fund will provide up to $6 million to support New Zealand researchers’ participation in collaborative research projects through Australia’s SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre. These projects will focus on Earth observation, space situational awareness, and optical communications.

Earth observation projects aim to unlock valuable information about the environment and climate by observing the Earth from high altitude and space. This data can be instrumental in monitoring biosecurity risks and managing crops.

Space situational awareness projects will contribute to the development of new methods to monitor the orbital environment and play a role in global sustainable space activities.

Optical communications projects will explore more efficient methods for transmitting large volumes of data between Earth and space in support of future space exploration.

A call for proposals is expected in the coming months to initiate successful projects in the second half of 2024.

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