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November 3rd, 2022
Fugro opens state-of-the-art space control centre SpAARC in Perth

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.

 Head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, said: “Space is a critical component of Australia’s growing ecosystem of cross-cutting technologies such as robotics, advanced manufacturing, and artificial intelligence. Australia already excels in large-scale remote asset management and Earth-based robotics in harsh environments – and by investing in infrastructure like SpAARC, the Agency is creating a unique opportunity for our organisations to grow into new global markets.”

 WA’s Deputy Premier Roger Cook said: “Leveraging WA’s high-tech remote operations sector, SpAARC will capitalise on our significant space infrastructure and capabilities to position WA as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier hub for space operations and exploration.”

 Fugro’s SpAARC Director, Samuel Forbes, said: “Fugro SpAARC is an opportunity to diversify the Australian economy. By building on and extending Fugro’s already impressive remote operations expertise, this foundational infrastructure underpins the next phase of development to support Australia and the world’s most important space missions.”

For more information

Samuel Forbes s.forbes@fugro.com

 

About Fugro

Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.

 

Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 59 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy, infrastructure and water industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2021, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.