The South Australian space industry in partnership with the State government will send a locally manufactured small satellite to low Earth orbit in 2022.

Data gathered by the $6.5 million SASAT1 Space Services Mission will be used to improve state services such as emergency services, environment monitoring, bushfire mitigation and mining.

The satellite will support data collection from ground based sensors plus Earth observation imaging via a hyperspectral electro-optical payload. It will be designed and built by Adelaide-based satellite manufacturing company Inovor Technologies.

Fellow Adelaide company Myriota will provide the IoT connectivity used to support the collection of data about multiple weather events, including rainfall and bushfires.

Research consortium SmartSat CRC will lead the mission and application prototyping.

Announced today by SA premier Steven Marshall, SASAT1 follows a ten year South Australia space sector growth strategy released in November. South Australia was named as the home-state of the Australian Space Agency in 2018.

“South Australia is embarking on a bold mission with industry to design and build a satellite to deliver space-derived services to the state – a venture never undertaken before by any State Government around the country,” Marshall said.

“Applications include using the data and imagery we collect to solve real life problems, like helping farmers monitor water levels so they can more accurately predict future yields.”

Local hardware

Inovor Technologies will design, build, and test the satellite which is slated to launch within 15 months. The satellite will remain in orbit for a further three years to 2025 for data collection and operations under current funding.

“The Mission will demonstrate why space is important to the South Australian community and how information from space can be used to improve our lives on Earth,” said Inovor Technologies founder and CEO Dr Matthew Tetlow.

“It is also helping to build a space ecosystem that will support the creation of more high-tech careers into the future for young South Australians.”

Adelaide Internet of Things startup Myriota will provide IoT services.

“Myriota is proud to be involved in the SASAT1 project, and to partner with space industry leaders Inovor Technology and, the SmartCat CRC, as well as and the South Australian government,” said Myriota CEO and co-founder Dr Alex Grant.

“South Australia sits at the heart of Australia’s space industry, and is leading the growth of our national ecosystem.” Dr Alex Grant said. “The Space Services Mission will benefit South Australians through the improved delivery of emergency services, and environmental monitoring.”

Feature Image: Artist impression of SASAT1. by Alex Preist, Inovor Technologies.

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