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Economics study into an Australian continuous launch small satellite program for Earth observation

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GA2020/4125
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Geoscience Australia
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81150000 - Earth science services
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22-Jan-2021 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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10-Dec-2020
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ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS
Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
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Geoscience Australia, to inform the Australian Government Satellite Earth Observation Roadmap, requires the services of a suitably qualified expert(s) to conduct a study into the economic impacts of a continuous launch small satellite program for Earth observation. 

The program, which is hypothetical in nature, would have three goals:

• Securing supply of critical satellite Earth observation data, including through the establishment and maintenance of anchor programs with each of Australia’s key international space partnerships and bolstering the global observing system.

• Uplift Australia’s satellite manufacturing capability by increasing technical readiness levels for key components where Australia has a demonstrated or emerging technical advantage, demonstrating flight heritage in an operational context, and establishing international connections.

• Supporting Australia’s EO application developers to deliver economic, environmental and social benefit from EO data: for Australia, and in service of our international objectives.

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Geoscience Australia, to inform the Australian Government Satellite Earth Observation Roadmap, requires the services of a suitably qualified expert(s) to conduct a study into the economic impacts of a continuous launch small satellite program for Earth observation. 

The program, which is hypothetical in nature, would have three goals:

• Securing supply of critical satellite Earth observation data, including through the establishment and maintenance of anchor programs with each of Australia’s key international space partnerships and bolstering the global observing system.

• Uplift Australia’s satellite manufacturing capability by increasing technical readiness levels for key components where Australia has a demonstrated or emerging technical advantage, demonstrating flight heritage in an operational context, and establishing international connections.

• Supporting Australia’s EO application developers to deliver economic, environmental and social benefit from EO data: for Australia, and in service of our international objectives.

As context to the above, the study shall model the economic impact that would arise from an interruption to supply of critical Earth observation data to Australia. The report shall model the economic impact that disruptions from policy changes and/or technical failures could have.  This part of the study will focus on disruptions relating to Australia’s key partners: the United States (including the Landsat and NOAA meteorology programs), Europe (including the Sentinel satellites), and Japan (Including meteorological and land imaging satellites).

The study will also deliver economic insights focused on existing information about the Australian Space Sector’s status and capabilities, growth rates and trends from which it can extrapolate the potential for economic growth resulting from the hypothetical program.

The report shall model the impact for financial years 2025-26 and 2030-31 focusing on key Australian space sector characteristics and trends including, but not limited to the Australian Space Agencies’ “Measures of Success” as defined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028:

• stimulate at least $1 billion pipeline in inward capital investment in Australia’s space industry between 2019 and 2025, including R&D investment and infrastructure investment

• achieve year-on-year growth of the Australian space industry that exceeds 8.5 per cent per annum

• achieve year-on-year growth of direct and indirect jobs that would meet a target of 20,000 additional jobs by 2030

• create a regulatory framework that ensures effective, efficient, and safe space activities

• increase awareness of space activities and the impact on the Australian economy, cumulatively reaching at least 10 million Australians per year

Further details of the hypothetical program will be provided to the successful tenderer. A brief outline of the concept is an Earth observation satellite program which:

• procures the design, manufacture, integration, calibration, launch and operation of a small satellites series.  Each satellite would leverage configurable components to meet specific application needs, with several units launched every few years on an ongoing basis.

• procures the design, manufacture and operation a network of satellite ground stations and a network of calibration and validation facilities across Australia.

• ensures that data products and services from these satellites is available to drive improved decision making across a range of industry sectors and Australian government programs such as, but not limited to agriculture, mining, water quality, meteorology and disaster management

Experts must have:

• Understanding of Australian space industry capabilities, particularly in relation to Earth observation and related fields

• Extensive knowledge and experience with economics studies in the  space and spatial industries,  and if ideally specifically in the satellite Earth observation sector

• No conflicts of interest


Input reports include, but are not limited to:

• 2015, The Value of Earth Observations From Space to Australia

• 2017, Australian Space Industry Capability A Review

• 2019, Advancing Space Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019 – 2028

• 2019, Current and future value of earth and marine observing to the Asia-Pacific region

• 2020, Not yet released economics study into the Australian Space Sector 1 (Release imminent and likely before contract negotiations are complete)

• 2020, Not yet released economics study into the Australian Space Sector 2 (Release imminent and likely before contract negotiations are complete)

Developed by Australian Space Agency, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Department of Defence and Geoscience Australia

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Completion of the report - Friday 26 March 2021

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