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DEADLINE ALERT: Saber Astronautics to deliver Australian Astronaut Program industry briefing

Saber Astronautics is holding an Australian Astronaut Program Industry Briefing on Tuesday 19 July at 1600. The company has signed a deal with US-based private spaceflight leader Axiom Space, Inc. to create an Australian presence on the International Space Station (ISS) and the future Axiom Station.

Earlier this year former Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $65 million program to get Australian technology into space more quickly. The program includes putting an Australian into space, a new flight qualification to help the transition from laboratory and workshop into space, and a national student space challenge to send payloads into orbit.

NASA competitively selected Axiom to add a series of its privately developed modules to the ISS beginning in late 2024. These are designed to later detach from the ISS and become a free-flying, next-generation station, a move widely understood to be paving the way for the commercial successor to the 20-year-old station.

Axiom Space successfully launched and returned their first private astronaut mission AX-1 to ISS in April 2022 and are planning future missions beyond 2026. The Saber Astronautics Australian Astronaut Program aims for direct industrial involvement and flights using people selected from the Australian public opening the benefits for broader industrial use by conventional industry.

The deal with Axiom builds on Saber Astronautics’ growing leadership in space operations. Saber currently owns and operates the Responsive Space Operations Centre (RSOC) based in Adelaide and Colorado. The Adelaide RSOC received $6 million in funding from the Australian Space Agency’s Space Infrastructure Fund in 2021. Supporting astronauts is a long-term goal of Saber’s RSOC program, accelerated by the agreement with Axiom.

Saber Astronautics will develop the first formal program to enable Australians and Australian industry to access the ISS’s orbiting microgravity laboratory and develop a new generation of space-developed products for human health, materials, electronics, cleantech, and more.

This unique environment with a lack of gravity, easy access to cooling, and a nearly 100% sterile environment is enabling a new generation of products with strong commercial potential. Examples include near perfect fibre optics, protein crystals for better drugs, and quantum computing. The clean vacuum of outer space can make thinner, purer materials like semiconductors and ultra-pure metals.

To learn more and to download the briefing paper go to the Saber Astronautics web site, Or register online for the industry briefing webinar.

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