New satellite mission control centre for Adelaide
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Local nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies will construct a new mission control centre in Adelaide, creating 17 ongoing jobs in IT and advanced manufacturing and five additional jobs during construction.
The ‘Mission Control South Australia’ project will more than double Fleet Space’s current staff numbers with new positions created to include mission operators, network operations specialists and technical support staff.
Fleet Space Technologies manufacture ultra-low cost “nanosatellites” for applications such as tracking livestock movements, environmental, soil and water monitoring and supply chain logistics. The company is currently engaged in multiple projects across the globe and the first of its planned constellation of 100 nanosatellites is set to be launched this year.
The company’s $500,000 investment in the facility will be matched by a $500,000 Future Jobs Fund grant. The state government grant means the company can construct and run a mission control centre in Adelaide using local, in-house employees, and staff the centre 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Fleet Space Technologies CEO Flavia Tata Nardini said she wants to put South Australia on the map as a space hub.
“While we have global ambitions, it is important to us that we continue to contribute to our local economy as we scale. This grant enables us to create technical jobs that will grow the space industry here in Adelaide,” said Ms Nardini.
“South Australia is extremely well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that a space industry will bring, and thanks to ongoing support from the State Government, we look set to do so.”
“It really is an exciting time to be a space business in South Australia!”