Support for cutting-edge Aussie space projects

The Albanese Government is backing a series of local space projects to help grow Australia’s space industry.  

The 12 projects, which align with NASA’s Artemis mission, will share in more than $9 million in funding to help drive innovation and support cutting-edge Australian science. 

The Moon to Mars grants will assist these Australian companies to enter global space supply chains.

Among the projects being supported are:

  • Valiant Space (Qld) will receive $934,500 to develop a new non-toxic propulsion system that will support more sustainable and responsible use of space. 
  • NextAero (VIC) will receive $1,000,000 to design, manufacture and validate cutting-edge cryogenic rocket propellants, which are predicted to be central to next generation sustainable spacecraft and rocket systems.
  • HEO (NSW) will receive $742,164 to develop advanced cameras for imaging satellites to better track space debris and objects, ensuring safe and sustainable use of space.
  • Neumann Space (SA) will receive $1,000,000 to locally develop a world-class spacecraft electric propulsion manufacturing and test facility, to support national and international space missions. 

A full list of the projects being supported can be found at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic:

“These projects show the exceptional research and innovation that is happening in Australia’s space sector and how our companies can contribute on the global stage.

“Excitingly, the technologies and products being developed also have applications that can see us respond to important challenges and opportunities – from addressing climate change to driving growth in Government priority areas like robotics, quantum and advanced manufacturing.”

Quotes attributable to Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo:

“These projects show the agility and innovative nature of Australia’s space companies, and how we can carve our niche in big international missions.

“Space is a global endeavour and by working with our partners like NASA we can create outcomes that benefit Australia, while also contributing to solutions to global challenges.”