BOOTSTRAPPING THE Australian NEWSpace Industry

Our vision is to create a new industry ecosystem drawing together fragmented groups – SMEs, university and industry R&D teams, startups, students, local, state and federal governments, and big companies – around a theme of deliberate entrepreneurship. We aim to unlock infrastructure, flight opportunities, talent, and technology to drive and business and export innovation. Working together with mentors, investors and customers to bootstrap an Australian export-focused hi-tech space services & manufacturing industry within the burgeoning global Space 2.0 marketplace.

Four local Australian space teams stepped forwards to make this vision a reality – two startups and two from university:

 

DELTA-V – AN ALLIANCE OF PARTNERS

Delta-V aims to create innovative new space- and earth-system solutions for customers worldwide through activating talent, unlocking support, and connecting groups together to build value and industry momentum. So far, we've:

  • Run outreach programs via event series such as OrbitOz (http://orbitoz.com)
  • Fostered connections between different teams, leading to a number of successes:
    • Startup Cuberider gaining entry to the Telstra muru-D accelerator, leading to successful seed investment
    • Teams from UNSW, ANU, Sydney University, Adelaide University and UniSA joining forces on QB50 cubesat development and testing, with three spacecraft launched successfully on April 19th, 2017
    • Startup Fleet Space partnering with Saber Astronautics to provide global spectrum coverage analysis
    • Startup FluroSat gaining a place in the Rural.XO program with the Cotton Research Development Corporation
  • Provided due-diligence advice to investors in space startups, contributing to over $8m of successful raises.
The prize we are seeking in trying to encourage a greater tech startup sector is massive. The penalty if we get it wrong is just as big. Opportunity is here.
— Steve Baxter, entrepreneur & investor in the BRW 6th October, 2015 – see http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/fund_accelerators_not_just_universities_jQ3sov1l7bPvoZkVOzndkJ

delta-V Focus Areas

  • Deep-tech entrepreneurship
  • In-orbit technology readiness
  • Global space solutions market validation & traction
  • Next-generation mission design and control
  • Robotics & machine learning
  • Small satellite system design, rapid prototyping and lean manufacturing for higher reliability

 

  • Reduction in space debris
  • Space-qualified 3-D & electronics printing
  • Space operations and diagnostics
  • Earth & space sensors and systems
  • Vehicle launch, retrieval, and de-orbit
  • STEM (Science | Technology | Engineering | Maths) education
  • Export-focused collaboration and innovation