Space-tech company Fleet Space will establish a ‘hyper factory’ in the newly announced Australian Space Park in Adelaide, where it will manufacture a constellation of 3D printed small satellites.
The hyper factory will be based at the Australian Space Park - a State Government-backed project that will co-locate four space manufacturing companies in a purpose built facility, with a focus on collaboration.
In addition to Fleet Space, Q-CTRL, ATSpace and Aluda Aeronautics will call the Australian Space Park home as part of a $20 million investment from the State Government.
Adelaide Airport has been identified by the industry consortium as an ideal location for the Australian Space Park considering its proximity to traditional aerospace companies, Adelaide’s CBD and Lot Fourteen where a growing community of space companies is already based.
“The South Australian Government’s investment in the Australian Space Park confirms that our home in Adelaide is the true centrepoint of the nation’s ‘Space State’,” Fleet Space Technologies CEO and co-founder Flavia Tata Nardini said.
“It also confirms our leaders’ vision to put the country on the world stage as a global centre of excellence for innovation, design and manufacture of space technology - an ambition that Fleet Space is proud to share.”
From the factory, Fleet Space’s Alpha smallsat constellation will be designed, engineered and manufactured - accelerating the expansion of its in-house research and development arm.
Alpha, which also integrates beamforming antennas and electronics, will run alongside Fleet Space’s existing collaboration with Centuri constellation partner, Tyvak, creating a complimentary constellation that further increases its connectivity speed and reach.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the government’s $20 million investment is anticipated to create approximately 220 highly skilled space industry roles within the first two years of operation.
“My Government has unashamedly adapted a pro-growth, pro-economy agenda and transforming South Australia into the undisputed Space State is a key part of future proofing the jobs-economy for our children in the decades to come,” Premier Marshall said.
“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.
“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.”
Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said the Airport Business District offered excellent connectivity with national and international users.
“We’re excited to be identified as the potential site of the Australian Space Park,” Young said.
“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.”
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