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Fugro opens state-of-the-art space control centre SpAARC in Perth, Australia

By Eric Van Rees - 3rd November 2022 - 11:46

Fugro has officially opened the Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Control Complex, better known as SpAARC.

Located in Perth’s central business district, this new world-class facility is a joint initiative by the Australian Space Agency, the Western Australia (WA) Government, and Fugro.

SpAARC is Fugro’s largest remote operations centre to date and will manage robotics and other harsh-environment remote operations in Australia, around the world and in space. It builds on Fugro’s advanced remote operations expertise and is set to improve Australian space missions by creating a scalable and accessible industry operating standard. SpAARC will also facilitate complex missions for Australian industries and researchers, including the remote operation of autonomous and robotic systems in space.

The Australian Government committed funding to SpAARC through its Space Infrastructure Fund as part of the Australian Space Agency’s mission to triple the size of the local sector to AUD 12 billion and create 20,000 jobs by 2030. The initiative also received funding from the WA Government and forms part of the Perth City Deal Program; the new complex will support local job creation, research and innovation, and the development of a WA space industry ecosystem.

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