Space capabilities

Canberra: Australia's Space Capital

Canberra is the driving force behind Australia's space industry. It has the infrastructure, businesses, research strengths and education and training systems to support civil, commercial and defence space applications.

Click here to view our August 2022 Space Prospectus, showcasing Canberra's capabilities in space.

Why Canberra?

Canberra has had a long and direct involvement with some of the biggest events in international space exploration, providing critical support from the first moon landing to the Mars Phoenix landing.

Drawing on this expertise, the local industy's capability is internationally renowned. Canberra's research and education institutions, innovative local SMEs, global exporters and multinational primes with large space programs make a significant contribution to the global space industry.

Canberra also has a vibrant business start-up community with a strong interest in Space 2.0 through new upstream and downstream, and information-based business opportunities.


Canberra is Australia's capital city located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Canberra's space facilities are located around the city, and are all within a 25 minute drive from major civic centres.

Space capabilities in the Canberra Region

Canberra leads Australia in key capabilities needed to drive Australia's space agenda including:


Canberra space industry is an ecosystem of innovative participants from across government, industry, education institutions and the research community.

The Canberra Region Space Industry Capability Directory showcases Canberra Region based space companies such as Q-Labs, Liquid Instruments, Locata, Shoal Group, EOS Space Systems, Geoplex, Geospatial Intelligence, Clearbox, Nova, Equatorial Launch Australia, ViaSat, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Airbus Defence and Space.

Leaders in education, research and strategic thinking

The research and innovation needed to underpin Australia's growing space industry is being actively provided by Canberra's educational and research institutions.

In space-related diciplines, the ANU and UNSW Canberra are Australia's most active higher education institutions. CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the Space Environment Research Centre all undertake significant, globally linked space related activities in Canberra.

Access to a large, highly technical and scientific workforce

International Collaboration

Canberra is well positioned for international engagement and collaboration. In addition to more than 80 embassies and high commissions located in Canberra, our higher education and research institutions, key space primes and industry players have strong international connections and presence in the global space industry.

Key government partners for Australia's space industry are located in Canberra

The Australian Space Agency has a significant presence, co-located with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in Canberra.

ACT Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the space industry

With our businesses, infrastructure, innovation and research strengths, Canberra is well placed to grow and sustain a thriving space sector.

The ACT Government is committed to working with the national space sector to help build a significant and globally competitive industry including:


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