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Space program

The NSW program for the space sector focuses on the anchor international conference held in Dubai this year, International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 25 – 29 October 2021.

The IAC is the one place and time of the year where all global space actors come together. The event attracts more than 6,000 participants each year. Covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information and developments in academia and industry, networking opportunities, contacts, and potential partnerships.

The NSW program includes:

  • Pre-conference briefings
  • Attending the IAC virtual programs
  • Promotion of services and innovation at IAC
  • Organising business matching opportunities

The program is free for participants.

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, the program is subject to change. If you wish to participate in the Space program, please complete the EOI form here.

Space sector overview

Since the launch of the Australian Space Agency in 2017, NSW has become the country's leader in space innovation and entrepreneurship.  NSW is home to 38% of all Australian space start-ups, has Australia's largest and most diversified economy.

Space activity in the Middle East is expanding rapidly too – since 2010 their spend has grown by AUD 600 million to AUD 1.8 billion in 2020. With continued investment into domestic research and development, many Gulf countries are poised to become powerhouses within the space sector. Some have established the space organisations, and all are investing in education to support space ambitions.

Having launched an ambitious National Space Programme, the UAE became the first Arab country to orbit around Mars in 2021 (and only fifth country to do so), with the bold goal of building the first settlement on Mars by 2117. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia alone is expected to invest AUD 2.85 billion by 2030.

Opportunity to participate

Expression of interest