Australia launches positioning project with foreign companies

15 February 2017

Geoscience Australia, a government agency in Canberra, has entered a collaborative programme with three foreign companies to boost the country's global positioning capabilities.

The satellite-positioning programme - to be undertaken by Geoscience Australia alongside Lockheed Martin, UK company Inmarsat and Spain's GMV - is intended to support several industrial sectors including aerospace, maritime, transport, agriculture, construction, and resources.

The government programme has been allocated AUD12 million (USD9 million) over the next two years.

Geoscience Australia said on 10 February that the project would trial two navigation satellite systems including precise-point positioning and the satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) to improve the accuracy of Australia's positioning capability.

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