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Microsoft becomes Cicada Innovations’ first ‘Constellation Partner’ at the National Space Industry Hub

Microsoft has been announced as the first ‘Constellation Partner’ at the National Space Industry Hub (NSIH) delivered by Cicada Innovations in a significant demonstration of growing industry support for Australia’s emerging space industry.

The NSIH Constellation Partners Program was designed to engage industry and foster investment in the local space industry. This will enable the NSIH to expand its national programs and become sustainable over the long term, following initial funding from the NSW Government.

“To be globally competitive in the space industry, Australian organisations need to work collaboratively in the pursuit of a thriving ecosystem,” said Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations. “Initiatives like the National Space Industry Hub, with the support of industry partners like Microsoft, are critical to this.”

Microsoft will be the exclusive Constellation Partner in the ‘cloud technology’ category. It will invest its time, capabilities and capital in the innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers who form the NSIH community.

The partnership will enhance the NSIH’s commercialisation programs, including through events and workshops, free technology credits for participants, and mentoring.

NSIH members will be supported by Microsoft technology advisors and Microsoft Azure Space engineers as they build their solutions for commercial use.

Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations, said that strengthening ties between space innovators and industry will be critical for building a local space industry that is globally competitive.

Lynn McDonald, Azure Space Lead at Microsoft Australia, said the partnership reflects Microsoft’s approach to making space accessible and affordable. It will integrate the Azure cloud platform with an ecosystem of space partners to develop a multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-vendor, cloud-enabled capability.

The NSIH officially launched in February 2022 and is delivered by Cicada Innovations, with seed funding from the NSW Government.

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