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SpAARC is a world-class facility in Australia that trains, tests and controls remote and autonomous operations in space and other harsh environments, and a world-recognised commercial facility for innovation, security and collaboration.

The Australian Space Agency (via the Space Infrastructure Fund) selected Fugro to design, build and operate SpAARC in Western Australia (WA). The facility is part-funded by the WA state government and will support many exciting new space robotics projects, including NASA’s return to the moon, in-orbit satellite servicing, and commercial off-earth mining.

Project objectives

Through the execution of SpAARC, Fugro meets all four objectives of the Space Infrastructure Fund: 

Address infrastructure gaps in the Australian space industry
Establish infrastructure for the Australian space industry
Support targeted growth and transformation in the space industry
Capture and leverage investment opportunities

Missions delivered. Anywhere

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SpAARC will be a multi-user facility operated by Fugro, providing accessible infrastructure for transposing current Australian robotic expertise into the space environment. The demonstration and test facility will support software simulation of space vehicles, space robotic systems, and planetary exploration systems, including orbital mechanics and simulated communication links with time delays. 

SpAARC will provide a universal data interface for users to integrate their unique human-robot interfaces, software, simulators and visualisation equipment into the facility. 

Collaboration

Fugro will coordinate closely with existing partners such as AROSE and Curtin University to engage with industry and the space community, deliver space projects and demonstrations, and communicate new knowledge, developments and opportunities. SpAARC will advance the technical and commercial capabilities of Australian remote and autonomous operations, and continue to form partnerships to assist in building competence and capacity in Australia through strong local and international relationships.

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Supporting the community

Our commitment to Australian communities extends far beyond our facility