- World Space Week will take place from 4–10 October 2020. The theme is ‘satellites improve life’ and AgriFutures Australia is using the week to help focus farmers’ attention on space technologies.
- AgriFutures Australia and the Australian National University (ANU) are partnering on a new study in space technology, with findings due to be published in November 2020. The study will offer practical insights on innovative use cases for Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.
- In-paddock adoption of space technologies is key to lifting producers’ productivity and sustainability, but first we need to understand what it means for farm enterprises and what technology is available to solve industry pain points.
Space technologies – notably, satellite imaging, low bandwidth sensors, GPS tracking, paddock level imagery and weather forecasting – are proving to be game changers in the quest for improved food and fibre production. Critically, these technologies also have a role to play in early warning systems to better manage and respond to natural disasters.
World Space Week 2020 takes place on 4-10 October and provides an opportunity to shine a light on this ground-breaking AgriFutures Australia research into space technologies and start engaging producers in conversations around what it means for them. Specifically, the research will deliver key insights into what is happening on a global scale, as well as practical use cases for producers to navigate the use of space-based technologies on-farm.
AgriFutures Australia Manager, National Rural Issues, Jane Lovell is excited about the prospect of promoting this upcoming work and noted that while the space frontier will help improve productivity and create efficiencies, it is also a new language for many producers.