Dutch consulting engineer Fugro has been enlisted to design, build and operate a robotics control centre for the newly formed Australian Space Agency (ASA).
Fugro will work on the Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC) in Western Australia, with funding state government and the ASA’s infrastructure fund.
SpAARC will contain areas for start-ups, small businesses and researchers who will work on robotics activities, such as servicing satellites while in orbit.
Megan Clark, ASA’s head, said: "The new space facility will encourage further research and development of remote asset management capabilities for use in space.
"We are thrilled that the establishment of SpAARC will create more high-tech jobs in robotics and automation to benefit other industries such as mining, agriculture, emergency services and maritime surveillance." Â
Mark Heine, Fugro’s chief executive, said: "We are excited to partner with the ASA on a project of such national importance. Over the last few years, we’ve been rapidly delivering our own digital transformation with a strong focus on remote and autonomous operations and artificial intelligence."
Image courtesy of Fugro/ASA