Queensland startup solving sustainability problems that are out of this world!

To celebrate Star Wars Day on 4 May 2023, Boeing and Advance Queensland came together for the Xelerated Pitch Competition, Sustainability in Space, held at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.  

Hosted by Boeing’s Aerospace Xelerated Program, the competition featured 6 enthusiastic Queensland companies pitching for a $100,000 contract with Boeing to undertake a proof concept addressing three key challenges faced by the Human Space Flight team: health and wellbeing in space, sustainable energy in space, and protecting people and equipment from radiation in space.  

The winner of the pitch was White Graphene who presented a solution using advanced nanomaterial that is 138 times stronger than steel and 4 times lighter, exploring its use in space to make products on rockets safer, stronger and more efficient. The concept could help Boeing space teams project future spacecrafts.  

Congratulations to the other five companies who participated in the pitch competition, Solar Relief Pty Ltd, Canaria Technlogies, Herik Labs, JD Sanmed and SeasaWeb – Radiation and Environmental Monitoring.  

The pitch challenge, now in its third year, provides an opportunity for Queensland businesses to gain access and exposure to tech industry stakeholders, and to provide insights of space exploration into the future and how Queensland plays a role to progress the industry.  

The competition was a great opportunity for Queensland’s growing space sector to come together and connect, with plenty more on the horizon. Watch this SPACE!

A man speaks in front of a seated audience in an Advance Queensland auditorium.

Last updated 19 Jul, 2023
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