7 January 2016

Japan and Australia sure up the Future of Satellite Coverage

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Japanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP met in late December to discuss the future of collaborative work across the innovation agenda. 

The two Prime Ministers highlighted the critical importance of science, technology and innovation for both Japan and Australia to deliver new sources of growth, maintain high-wage jobs and seize the next wave of economic prosperity.

The Prime Ministers welcomed ongoing cooperation projects such as utilising the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Japan’s Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine and Austrade, and the commitment by Japan’s key research-intensive universities and Australia’s Group of eight universities to boost research links.

Japan welcomed Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and the Prime Ministers shared their intention to develop specific innovation linkages for announcement at their next summit. 

Read the full statement here.

This collaborative work is important to the development of Australia's national positioning expertise and extends existing opportunities to deliver real-time 2cm accuracy anywhere, anytime capabilities to communities without current access to Australia's mobile coverage.

The CRCSI Positioning Program has developed 5cm accuracy in a robotic tractor undertaking rice production activities in the Jerilderie district of NSW using the QZSS satellite in a collaborative research program with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. Watch the video here.

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