Major players in South Australia’s innovative space industry have taken to the stage at the world’s premier and longest running space event, the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), in Paris this week.

With South Australia’s space ecosystem growing at a rapid pace, the IAC provides an important global platform for the state’s innovative start-ups and companies to highlight their cutting-edge technology and ideas to space heavyweights and the international space community.

Twelve local space companies and start-ups with a broad range of expertise, ranging from satellite manufacturing, NewSpace technology, launch and research capabilities, have joined the national space showcase by exhibiting on the Australian Space Agency stand.

The South Australian companies participating are:

  • 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

CEO and Co-Founder of Fleet Space Technologies Flavia Tata Nardini, said IAC was an important opportunity for the local space industry.

“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,” Ms Tata Nardini said.

“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.”

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

Enrico Palermo and The Hon Susan Close at IAC

Head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo with The Hon. Susan Close MP at IAC in Paris

Minister for Defence and Space Industries Susan Close is attending IAC and the International Astronautical Federation’s International Meetings for Members of Parliaments, held in conjunction with the Congress, to discuss key space developments and engage with parliamentarians from across the world.

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Image: (L-R) Chief Executive of South Australian Space Industry Centre, Richard Price, Minister for Defence and Space Industries, The Hon Susan Close MP, and South Australian Space Industry Centre’s Directors Darin Lovett and Tiffany Katchmar.