Reaching to the Stars to Create Territory Jobs

An agreement between a European aerospace company and an Indigenous-controlled company based in Central Australia is cementing the Northern Territory’s position in the trillion-dollar global space industry.

European space launch company, ArianeGroup, has today announced Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT), located 10km south of the Alice Springs CBD, will host their GEOTracker® station at their premises.

Alice Springs is perfectly positioned to provide the clear skies required to operate ArianeGroup technology, which will automatically track satellites using an optical telescope.

The Territory Labor Government actively facilitated the connection between CfAT and the ArianeGroup, demonstrating how it is effectively positioning the Territory in a highly competitive international space industry to attract private investment, and develop new and exciting industries.

Currently, 23 local jobs are supported through CfAT, with this project further supporting these and future roles through:

  • CfAT developing the site;
  • Procuring the observatory dome;
  • Installing the equipment;
  • Providing the internet connection; and
  • Facilities maintenance and hosting management.

The majority of CfAT employees are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and the company will leverage this opportunity to develop local capability in technical construction and facility maintenance.

This is the second commercial satellite ground infrastructure project CfAT has been able to secure for their Alice Springs site.

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