South Australian satellite company Inovor Technologies will expand into a new state-of-the-art satellite integration facility at Australia’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen.

In this facility, Inovor will integrate nano satellites manufactured in Australia, which can be used to track objects in space, deliver earth imaging direct to clients, track fires, floods and earthquakes, as well as detect activities such as illegal deforestation.

Inovor Technologies is the only Australian company that designs and integrates satellites in Australia using an Australian supply chain, after its establishment in South Australia in 2012.

Premier Steven Marshall says this shows South Australia is already benefitting after being chosen as the home of the Australian Space Agency.

“Inovor’s arrival at Lot Fourteen further strengthens South Australia’s defence and space credentials, and is again proof that the Space Agency is a real draw card for start-up and scale-up businesses internationally,” said Premier Marshall.

“Lot Fourteen is rapidly developing a reputation as the premier innovation and start-up precinct in the nation, with a proven focus on cultivating entrepreneurial talent and creating jobs in some of the world’s fastest growing industries.

“Importantly this move will generate jobs for engineers and scientists, with Inovor flagging the potential to expand its workforce and production capability in the future.”

The company’s new facility in the Hanson Building at Lot Fourteen will include an electronics laboratory, cleanroom, and design and testing area, and will support the company’s future growth.

Inovor Technologies founder and Chief Executive, Dr Matthew Tetlow, said the strategic move to Lot Fourteen opens up new opportunities for collaboration across the space sector.

“Being close to the Australian Space Agency is important because proximity to decision-makers is key,” said Dr Tetlow.

“Lot Fourteen is an environment where exciting things are happening and opportunities will emerge because we’re next to entrepreneurs, innovative companies, as well as government and potential defence and civilian customers.”

“Lot Fourteen also offers us the flexibility to expand our premises as we are anticipating increasing our capacity over the next few years so that we are able to build multiple satellites at any one time.”