SmartSat is integrating the capabilities from the priority areas set in SmartSat’s Technology Roadmap across three primary research program areas as below.

In addition to Research Programs 1 – 3 , SmartSat has also initiated Research Program 4 which incorporates projects not specifically linked to the three core research programs, including scoping studies and gap analyses.

Kanyini: SA Space Services Mission

Other Research

Mission Goal: In partnership with industry, the mission will capitalise on NewSpace opportunities to contribute to a thriving and enduring South Australian space sector and support Australia’s national space strategy.

The South Australian Government is investing $6.5M to deliver the SA Space Services Mission in partnership with South Australian companies Myriota and Inovor Technologies, and the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The satellite, named Kanyini by local school students, is part of the South Australia Space Sector Strategy 2030 and is the first state-based satellite for Australia.

SmartSat CRC is leading the mission and will manage application prototyping. Once launched, the planned three-year mission in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) provides opportunities to test and develop the capability and inform future missions.


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Skills Gap Analysis Stage 2

Other Research

SmartSat CRC and the Australian Space Agency are seeking to better understand the current capabilities of Australian space industry actors, and the needs for the future activities that will drive the national space industry forward. The project will undertake additional qualitative work to triangulate the results of the Space Industry Skills Gap Analysis to;

(i) provide industry validation for the Australian Space Skills Taxonomy;

(ii) test the Skills Gap findings with the lived experience of space industry and training providers, and capture more qualitative information about skills needs pressure points; and;

(iii) capture the views of stakeholders underrepresented in the analysis (e.g. TAFE).

Concurrently, the proposed project will extend the Taxonomy to map skills to space industry occupations/job roles, competencies, and skill levels. This will enable, and help to inform, work to measure and track the space workforce and, in combination with the Analysis, identify training priorities for the space industry. This includes potentially informing future updates to the Australia New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).


Project Leader:
Dr Sarath Tomy, La Trobe University


First Nations Earth Observations (iEO)

Other Research

The way Indigenous communities manage their lands and waters is intrinsically spatial and has been for over 60,000 years. There is significant opportunity to complement their existing knowledge of the landscape with information from Earth Observation training and potentially bespoke services. There are also significant challenges that Indigenous communities face, which must be acknowledged, understood, and accounted for to best serve their needs.

The primary outcome of this project will be to create a set of evidence-based recommendations for current use and future Earth Observation capabilities and training that could best serve Indigenous communities. The recommendations will be informed by thorough consultation with Indigenous communities and will be directly tied to use cases identified during the consultation.

The Project will be led by Winyama, an Australian, Indigenous owned and operated business with extensive experience facilitating the digital engagement of Indigenous people and communities, and who will work in collaboration with business partner NGIS Australia and FrontierSI on project outcomes which recognises the inherent link between space and spatial for the management and preservation of Indigenous lands and waters.

The project will provide a foundation for building Indigenous capacity to use Earth observation technologies, and is strongly aligned with the Australian Government Closing the Gap initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.


Project Leader:
Melanie Plumb, Frontier SI