Federal assistance totaling $1.2 million has been awarded to Industrial Sciences Group, Infinity Avionics, and Blueprint Lab as part of the fourth round of Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Enhancement Grants.
The grants, announced on Tuesday, help companies build their ability to sell into space industry supply chains, including those that could deliver to NASA’s Moon to Mars space exploration program.
The industrial sciences group was awarded $442,320 to help develop its Space Mission Analytics toolkit. The toolkit includes software for simulating missions and for monitoring and analyzing tracking data after a launch.
The solution had beenalready intended for use by contractors on upcoming NASA lunar missions,” according to a federal government statement.
Infinity Avionics received $456,323 “to develop a modular imaging unit for space applications” and Plans laboratory $317,844 “to transfer its advanced robotic manipulator technology to the space domain”.
Grants awarded under the program can be worth between $250,000 and $1 million and cover up to 75% of a project’s costs. Applications are open until May 1, 2023.
“We continue to build momentum in the local space sector and strengthen our credentials as a serious space nation,” said Enrico Palermo, director of the Australian Space Agency.
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