The Australian Space Agency’s Communications Technologies and Services Roadmap is the first in a series of seven roadmaps and outlines a 10-year plan to support the growth of Australian communications technologies and services. This plan was published before May 2022 under the previous Australian Government.
Each roadmap is aligned to one of the 7 National Civil Space Priority Areas identified in the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028. The Comms Roadmap provides a pathway to enable:
- socio-economic game changers
- future workforce
- increased security
- economic growth
- increased connectivity
- downstream development.
This will provide an opportunity for Australia to leverage our research and development to meet the ever-increasing demand for data and advance our commercial competitiveness in an information-enabled world.
The following six focus segments prioritised in the Comms Roadmap are the areas of greatest opportunity for the Australian space sector.
- Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services
- Optical ground stations
- Hybrid ground stations
- Reconfigurable networks, radios, modems and waveforms
- Satellite communication network management tools
- Quantum enabled communications.
These areas interplay to provide a pathway to uplift capability to help triple the size of the Australian space sector by 2030.
The Comms Roadmap vision is that Australia will mature from hosting communications infrastructure to also providing solutions for increasing demands on radio frequency by incorporating optical communications and moving towards quantum technologies enabled by our won network management tools. Low Earth Orbit will initially assist to access global markets while contributing to a more connected Australia. This will be followed by other orbits and satellite services.