Fleet Space Technologies, Q-CTRL, ATSpace, and Alauda Aeronautics in collaboration with the South Australian government have joined forces to build the space sector in South Australia through a purpose-built facility, dubbed the Australian Space Park.
The space manufacturing hub will be focused on collaboration and production of small satellites and their payloads, rockets, electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL), and supporting componentry and technical systems.
Expected to create about 220 highly skilled space sector jobs in the first two years of operation, the space park is set to further establish South Australia as the national hub for this emerging industry.
“The creation of the Australian Space Park signals our commitment to the South Australian and Australian space sector by bridging the gap between research and development and prototyping to production at scale,” Premier Steven Marshall said in a media release.
“The Hub aligns with Australia’s space strategy that aims to triple the space sector’s contribution to GDP to over $12 billion per annum and create up to an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030.
South Australia is currently targeting an annual growth rate in the space sector of 5.8% over the next ten years.
“We are delighted to be part of a facility that is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” Flavia Tata Nardini, Co-Founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies added.
“Indeed, we are proud to be part of South Australia’s growing status as a centre of excellence for space technology on the global stage. The opportunity to collaborate with leading minds in our field in a dedicated facility like this will accelerate progress for our entire industry.”
Due to its proximity to traditional aerospace companies and the central business district, the Adelaide Airport is being considered as the possible location for the space park.
“We’re excited to be identified as the potential site of the Australian Space Park. In addition to our central location, we offer suitable land opportunities both for the hub as well as room for growth and to attract like-minded businesses keen to play a role in the growing space sector,” said Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young.
For more information on the Australian Space Park visit www.invest.sa.gov.au/australianspacepark