Fleet Space Technologies to build satellite mission control centre in Adelaide

17 January

Local nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies has secured a Future Jobs Fund grant to construct a new mission control centre in Adelaide.

The ‘Mission Control South Australia’ project will create 17 ongoing jobs in IT and advanced manufacturing, more than doubling Fleet Space’s current staff numbers. Five additional jobs will be created during construction.

The $500,000 Future Jobs Fund grant will be matched by a $500,000 investment in the facility from Fleet Space Technologies, with new positions created to include mission operators, network operations specialists and technical support staff.

The Future Jobs Fund 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 is currently engaged in multiple projects across the globe, working to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges from space. The first of Fleet’s planned constellation of 100 nanosatellites is set to be launched this year.

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 2017-18 State Budget included $200 million towards a Future Jobs Fund to drive employment in South Australia and create ongoing jobs in the following key sectors:

  • Health and biomedical research;
  • IT and advanced manufacturing;
  • Renewable energy and mining;
  • Shipbuilding and defence; and
  • Tourism, food and wine.

A total of 57 businesses have received offers of funding so far, for projects that will create 3,200 jobs in high-growth sectors. Supported businesses include Robern Menz, MG Engineering, Entech Electronics, Minda, Como Glasshouse and Berry Sensation.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the Future Jobs Fund grant means that instead of outsourcing mission control services overseas, these highly-skilled jobs can be created in Adelaide.

“Fleet Space will create 17 ongoing jobs in Adelaide through the Mission Control South Australia project and another five jobs during construction,” Mr. Koutsantonis said.

“This is a fantastic project that will strengthen South Australia’s bourgeoning space industry and attract the best and brightest to our state.”

Fleet Space Technologies CEO, Flavia Tata Nardini said the company 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,” Ms. Nardini said.

“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!”