Rio Tinto enters the space race

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Rio Tinto has joined the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium in a bid to join members in advancing Australia’s world-leading position in remote operations.

AROSE is a not-for-profit, industry-led consortium with a vision for Australia to be the trusted leader of remote operations on Earth and in space.

The Australian government is aiming to triple the size of the nation’s space sector by 2030, adding an additional $12 billion to the economy and up to 20,000 new jobs.

In December, Perenti and its newly formed technology-driven service offering, idoba, also joined the AROSE consortium in a bid to strengthen its global mining services.

The consortium includes organisations from various industry sectors such as resources, energy, research and members of Australia’s burgeoning space sector who collaborate on targeted, industry-led projects.

Rio Tinto is now part of AROSE’s mission to leverage Australian remote operations capability and expertise to help achieve those goals.

AROSE chief executive officer Leanne Cunnold said the consortium was very pleased to have Rio Tinto onboard and looked forward to working with the leading-edge mining company.

“Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest and most innovative mining companies with extensive experience and ground-breaking expertise in remote operations,” Cunnold said.

“Having members such as Rio Tinto, who are at the cutting edge of remote operations, means the collective knowledge of the AROSE consortium has grown significantly.

“Rio Tinto is now part of helping Australian know-how get to the Moon and those advancements will also benefit industries and economies back here on Earth just as the original NASA space missions did so many decades ago.”

Rio Tinto chief scientist Nigel Steward said Rio Tinto was looking forward to collaborating with other AROSE consortium members on advancing Australia’s world-leading position in remote operations.

“We are proud and excited to be the newest member of AROSE and are looking forward to contributing to the programmes supported by AROSE,” he said.

“Our knowledge and experience spans a broad skill base and our team is well-positioned to support  the application of robotics, automation and remote operations.

“We are also looking forward to learning more from other members to understand how we can improve what we do at our operations today as we deliver the materials needed to help address climate change and support the associated energy transition.”

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