It has been only three years since the formation of the Australian Space Agency, which was established to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry and develop strong international and national engagement for Australia’s own space program. Since then the agency has continued to expand and set ambitious agendas one of which is the Moon to Mars (M2M) initiative. This initiative represents Australia’s contribution to NASA’s endeavour to return to the Moon and go forward to Mars and is backed by an Australian government investment of $150 million over five years for Australian businesses and researchers.
Last year the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources commenced a Supply Chain Capability Improvements grant program to encourage growth in the sector, and this week we look at the Request for Tender issued by the Department seeking a Moon to Mars Supply Chain Facilitator to assist the Australian Space Organisation in its initiative.
The criteria for suitable tenderers is quite specific with regards to experience and requires that the tenderer:
– has significant commercial business with available supply chains to on-board Australian companies into
– has space heritage and major space projects experience to mentor smaller Australian companies
– must have been awarded a space contract, or combined multiple space contracts under a program, for at least $100 million in the last 10 years.
The main objectives to deliver on will be:
– develop opportunities for Australian Space Organisations to enter their space supply chain across their business units;
– work with adjacent industries to bring them into the Australian Space Sector;
– assess, qualify and on-board capable Australian Space Organisations to be part of their space supply chains and those of their major sub-contractors;
– provide mentoring, training and regular feedback.
The closing date for this RFT is 8 July 2021 with an expected timeframe for the contract being for two years with potential for a further 12 months extension. An industry brief was held on the 14th June, however this was not a mandatory briefing, and was conducted on line. As such details of the briefing (either a recording or documented Q&A) should be made available on Austender as an Addendum.