The Northern Territory is a step closer to being part of the trillion dollar international space industry with NASA and Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) ready to launch their sounding rocket program in 2020 from the Arnhem Space Centre.
ELA is developing a commercial spaceport in East Arnhem Land, with a sub-orbital rocket launch facility planned for the south west of Nhulunbuy.
In more great news for the project, the NT EPA has deemed the centre to not have a significant environmental impact and does not require an environmental impact assessment. This will indicate to the global space industry that the Territory is truly open for business.
In March this year the Territory Labor Government released the Territory Space Industry 2020 strategy, outlining the government’s plans to grow the Territory’s space industry, create jobs and connect local businesses to the global space economy which is expected to grow to US$1 trillion by 2030.
The Territory is uniquely positioned to benefit from the space economy as its proximity to the equator, its coastline and sparse population makes it ideal to support safe and efficient space launches.
The Arnhem Space Centre will be a significant site in the Asia pacific region and will attract new business and investment opportunities to East Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory.
ELA is anticipated to start construction of the Arnhem Space Centre in early 2020.