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Australia, India, the US, Norway, and Dubai in focus in the WGIC Policy Watch Newsletter this November 2020

November 18, 2020
WGIC Policy Watch November 2020

In November 2020, of WGIC’s Policy Watch Newsletter, we are pleased to showcase an investment being made in Australia on a SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The government has invested AUD 55 million (USD 40.12 million), which has additionally attracted more than three-times that, AUD 190 million (USD 138.58 million) from industry and research organizations to create the largest Space industry research collaborative in the country. Working closely with the relatively new Australian Space Agency, the goal of the SmartSat CRC is to aid the government in tripling the size of the Australian Space sector and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030. Key partnerships have been forged with three of the world’s largest Space Agencies — ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan) and NASA (USA) — and several major corporations including Airbus, BAE, Nova Systems and Thales. See the first article in this newsletter for more information.

Also included this month are key policy initiatives around the world in our regular thematic areas — Space, UAVs, Data, and Artificial Intelligence. In the Space arena, India has granted foreign entities direct investment access to establish satellite and launch vehicle facilities in the country, with or without national partners; Norway has expanded its participation in ESA’s and the EU’s Space programs; and the US, through the Space Development Agency, has awarded contracts totaling $342 million to build satellites to provide missile tracking data for the next-generation advanced missile threats.

This month, we see that Dubai is encouraging much wider use of commercial drones by including them as part of their “Dubai Sky Dome” — an airspace infrastructure connecting buildings through runways and miniature airports across the city. While in Japan, like in the U.S., restrictions on Chinese-made drones are being promulgated.

These are just a few of the highlights from the November issue of WGIC’s Policy Watch, which is exclusively available to WGIC Members. If you are a commercial geospatial company and want such valuable insights for your business, enquire with us about WGIC membership.