Firstly we would like to clear something up, we have been asked many times if we are the same as AROSE, if there is a connection between the Western Australia Space Precinct (WASP) and AROSE or “oh i thought the space precinct was being done by AROSE”. The short answer is No, Space Industries were involved in the workshops that helped to form AROSE however that is all and AROSE have not expressed interest to participate or supporting the WASP.
“WASP is a private company backed by industry leaders“
With that said, we can jump into the exciting details of Australia’s first dedicated space precinct and we will start with why it is being built. Space Industries for those that don’t know are embarking on what some would call an “ambitious” and “bold” mission to travel to and produce resources on the Moon of which most resources will remain on the Moon and some will return to Earth.
In order to make the mission a success, Space Industries have formed a subsidiary called the Western Australian Space Precinct (WASP) with the purpose of building the critical infrastructure to support the “bold” mission and to support other start-ups and SME that need additional support to become a success.
“Dedicated space infrastructure that will service the growing space industry in Australia”
The first building at the WASP has a footprint of about 2,281 meters squared and consists of the following facilities.
The state of the art Command & Control Centre is equipped to remotely operate robotic vehicles off Earth, including robotics in orbit of the Earth,
on the Moon, Mars and beyond. The facility is also used for the testing of new robotics technologies being developed in the WASP.
SME’s, researchers and Primes will have access to the facility for remote operation of space robotics and vehicles to cover management of assets in space, space operations and missions in real time utilising the WASP state of the art and secure ground station, server and system facilities which apply to military ratings required to maintain National security.
The Centre will be visible through a viewing window from the Space Tech Museum which will allow the general public to engage with live missions on the Command & Control Centres billboard screen wall, the Centre is approximately 300 square meters with capability to operate multiple missions simultaneously.
The Western Australia Space Precinct being a dedicated space precinct ensures the ongoing enduring and accessible operating model for industry and other organisations to access the/ capability of the Centre including the dedicated secure and robust communication links to ground stations for space communication all the way through the Artemis missions providing
Australia with a dominant position in space.
“Customers waiting for satellite, Moon and Mars vehicle remote operations”
The state of the art integration, test facility and new cleanroom environment boasts multiple work stations to support projects as small as a cube sat through to the production of large modules for the ISS and future Gateway and everything between.
The cleanroom complies to ISO 14644-4 class to ensure a maximum particles size of less than 352 microns per m3 (35.2 ft3), this is achieved by the use of HEPA and ULTA filters removing up to 99.99% of particles ≥ 0.3 μm respectively.
The temperature, humidity and pressure are controlled, the cleanroom air is exchanged every 7 hours. Decontamination procedures include desiccation, UV irradiation, and cleaning with H2O2. Cleaning
includes vacuuming and mopping floors with disinfectants and replacing tacky mats at entrances; prevention of novel contamination is accomplished through the use of cleanroom certified suits.
The cleanroom boast the largest in size with a class 10 for space vehicles which complies with the NASA requirements and certification of ISO 4 class. The facility includes multiple work stations, laboratory, tooling, testing equipment and heavy lift crane to enable precise assembly for medium to large space vehicles such as rovers and Gateway modules.
“enabling end-to-end missions development with state-of-the-art cleanrooms”
The largest inclined Lunar simulation in the world built for testing and demonstrating the future of space vehicles and habitats as well as specialised astronaut training, the simulant bed can also simulate 0 gravity using an overhead gantry system making testing accurate.
Equipped with a full workshop for rapid product development of space vehicles such as gateway pods and Moon habitats down to robotics
for service and maintenance in space and special remote operations missions.
The facility has a viewing room through from the Space Tech Museum enabling the general public to engage with real space missions and to be
part of the space industry in Australia. SME’s at the WASP will also have access to the facility.
“Our first custom made order of Lunar simulant has arrived for testing”
Microgravity and planetary robotics lab
The robotics and AI learning center is a robotics lab focused on microgravity and planetary which includes scenarios such as the future gateway, Lunar rovers and Mars mission robotics.
Radiation, contamination sensitivity and thermal extremes are major issues for microgravity robotics which have a human-robot or robot-robot
operation, the focus for this environment include:
• Design and control
• movement and tracking
• vision systems
• command and control
• power supply
• radiation hardening
• thermal protection
Operating on the surface presents additional challenges which will be covered by companies working on planetary robotics, unexplored terrain
presents a continues changing environment and requires a focus on:
• positioning strategy and systems
• sensing and perception
• vehicle design concepts
• low latency and limited data transfer
• autonomous operations
• other engineering systems
The lab will provide the opportunity to work on larger robotics for space such Lunar and Mars habitats whilst benefiting from the adjacent testing facilities and clean room facilities.
“dedicated labs for the advancement or AI learning for space robotics”
Security: AWS natively built-in security from the ground up. Over 1 million active customers including the American and Australian government inform our security with capabilities built for our most stringent customers. AWS has more security features, compliance certifications, and accreditations than any other cloud provider. In Jan 2019, Australian Cyber
Security Centre (ACSC) awarded PROTECTED certification to AWS for over 50 of our cloud services.
This is the highest data security certification available in Australia for cloud service providers, and AWS offers the most PROTECTED services of any public cloud service provider.
Service Breadth & Depth; pace of innovation: 175+ services to support any cloud workload; ranging from compute, storage, networking, analytics to hybrid and enterprise applications. This includes services such as AWS Robomaker, AWS Sagemaker, AWS Ground Station and a range of abstract services that support the space industry in domains such as Mission control center operations, Robotic/autonomous systems, Satellite solutions covering Earth observation, Situational awareness, Internet of Things (IoT), Disaster assistance, Defence/intelligence.
Scalability: The AWS Global Infrastructure enables companies to be extremely flexible and take advantage of the conceptually infinite scalability of the cloud.
“The system that enables NASA/JPL to scale and run in a distributed manner”
Providing SME’s and start-ups the opportunity to work in the heart of the space industry and along side the space industry primes is the advantage at WASP, the co-working offices will include a space incubator, accelerator and
technology transfer program with space for entrepreneurs across multiple industries.
The co-working offices will enable multiple industries to come together and collaborate on developing the most innovative technologies that will impact the next frontiers of space as well as enhance the lives on Earth.
Companies operating at the space precinct will share access to the WASP facilities with direct access from the early stages of mission concept, through to design and development.
The co-working facility will run programs designed to help companies have the best start and chance within the global space industry. Large companies will enjoy the benefit of being along side SME’s which have the ability to provide a fast moving platform for advanced technology development and even to enter the rapidly expanding space industry.
The facilities include board rooms, conference and events room, access to state of the art server and systems platforms as well as access to space through the on-site facilities at the Western Australia Space Precinct (WASP).
“You only need to pay for the desk and you can use all the specialized facilities for your end-to-end mission and they are all in the same precinct”
The Space Tech Museum is like no other space museum on Earth, here the general public will have the opportunity to interact and participate with the space industry directly getting a first hand experience of specialised facilities such as the lunar simulation room, clean room where you can watch real space vehicles being built before being launched to space, the mission control room where you can watch live feed from the moon or even operate the lunar rover in the lunar simulation room and robotic arms in the specialised robotics lab.
The Space Tech Museum brings the history of space together with modern technology to give an immersive experience that will inspire and answer questions in a hands on experience.
Programs are also being developed to encourage STEM for the future of space in Australia.
“The space technology museum allows start-ups and SME to showcase their technology to the public and build awareness to scale their business”
The Western Australia Space Precinct (WASP) is being coordinated by Space Industries who have secured 60,000 square meters of land at the Perth Airport Precinct and this land is in the ideal location next to main freeways North and South, 2 minutes walk to the new underground train station with direct link to the CBD in 15 minutes and with over 15 million airport precinct visitors annually.
Space Industries have entered into an agreement with a Perth based developer who will build the first building, WASP will manage the space precinct facilities and operate the Space Technology Museum. Space Industries will provide its resources and networks to the WASP and its tenants to enable all tenants the greatest chance for success on their missions.
The WASP has been supported by over a dozen industry leaders in the space and related industries, some of these companies include;
What can tenants expect?
Packages for companies to have a presence in the WASP are flexible with many options starting from a single desk for the youngest of start-ups through to an entire floor for the large SME and Primes that want to have all the facilities for their mission without the capital outlay to build them all.
All tenants in the WASP will have access to the best space industry facilities in the southern hemisphere from military grade data centers, engineering rooms with supplied specialized software, clean rooms and testing facilities to build launch ready vehicles and all in the one location only meters away from the runway ready to dispatch to your launch location anywhere in the world.
We don’t offer free rent for you to move in however you will have access to the specialized facilities enabling your mission from start to finish in the one location and which traditionally only the primes have access to, you will also have exposure to global networks in the space industry through Space Industries and our partners and supporters.
WASP have received interest from over 41 companies and growing. With a diverse collaboration of companies from technology to finance, the WASP is the place to create a successful space company with a modern strategy.
“WASP, the facilities of a prime for everyone to support the commercialization of the space industry”
Interested to learn more or secure your spot in the WASP? email: firstname.lastname@example.org