The Australian Space Agency’s Earth Observation from Space Roadmap is the second in a series of 7 roadmaps and outlines a 10-year plan to support growth of the earth observation (EO) sector in Australia. 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 EO Roadmap provides a pathway to:
- secure access to critical EO data
- see complementary Australian EO capabilities making valued contributions to the global observing system
- enable international collaboration with industry.
This will grow capability in designing and manufacturing space and ground-based systems for reliable EO data to meet operational government, commercial and scientific needs.
The following 5 focus segments prioritised in the EO Roadmap are the areas of greatest opportunity for the Australian space sector:
- Australian EO missions and payloads
- Data quality assurance and integrity monitoring
- Enhanced data management
- International EO partnerships and leadership
- Access to international data and missions.
These areas interplay to provide a pathway to uplift capability to help triple the size of the Australian space sector by 2030.
The EO Roadmap vision is that EO data will increasingly support the Australian community by enabling essential government and industry capabilities including meteorology, environmental, agriculture and infrastructure management, disaster response, defence and national security. It will be informed by the data needs of the broader spatial community and it will also enable businesses that design and deliver EO-based products and services.