Susan Close MP
Deputy Premier
Minister for Defence and Space Industries Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science


A delegation of South Australia’s space industry leaders will take to the stage at the world’s longest running space event, the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held in Paris from 18-22 September.

Several South Australian space companies working across satellite manufacturing, launch technology and research are exhibiting at the Australian Space Agency stand at the Congress.

The IAC brings together more than 6,500 key space players, including scientists, researchers, engineers, agencies, businesses, students and astronauts, from 80 countries to collaborate on opportunities in the international space sector.

Minister for Defence and Space Industries Susan Close is attending the Congress and will speak at the meeting for ministers and MPs which is discussing new international space developments.

The Australian space industry delegation is being led by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), with the support of the Australian Space Agency South Australian companies on the Australian Space Agency stand include:

  • Equatorial Launch Australia
  • Fleet Space Technologies
  • HEX20
  • Inovor Technologies
  • LeoLabs Australia
  • Nova Systems
  • Neumann Space
  • Saber Astronautics
  • Space Machines Company
  • SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre
  • Southern Launch


Quotes attributable to Susan Close

Our space industries are growing at a rapid pace and we want to showcase this to the world to attract more investment and collaborative opportunities across this high- growth sector in our state.

The IAC is a fantastic opportunity for our innovative start-ups and companies to highlight their cutting-edge technology and ideas to space heavyweights and the international space community.

The opportunity to collaborate on leading-edge research and development in the space sector demonstrates the strength of the South Australian research and education sector, which is critical to developing the future space workforce and capability.

South Australia is developing leading capabilities in Earth Observation and I am pleased to promote our state’s sovereign space capabilities to key decision-makers at the IAC.

Quotes attributable to Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO and Co-Founder of Fleet Space Technologies

This is an incredibly exciting time for Fleet and the wider ecosystem of innovative companies that have been nurtured in South Australia and it is vital that we showcase our work and forge new collaborations with the wider global industry on the global stage.

As explorers in space technology, we are part of one of the world’s fastest growing drivers of innovation.

Fleet is proud to showcase applications for its technology at the IAC that specifically helps governments and private entities improve sovereign strategic capability by unlocking the power of universal connectivity through our growing constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites.

Space is a rapidly growing global industry that is solving a myriad of problems here on Earth and beyond.