A new satellite research centre is set to receive $55 million from the federal government.

The new SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre in Adelaide has been set up to complement the work of the Australian Space Agency, which is also based in the South Australian capital.

The research body is led by the space industry, with 74 industry participants chipping in $167 million.

Science Minister Karen Andrews says the centre will produce new technologies for a range of sectors including agriculture, logistics, communications and mining, and strengthen national defence and security.

“SmartSat CRC will foster the creation of next-generation space technologies and professionals,” Ms Andrews said.

“Our aim is to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”