Australia’s domestic space industry is about to make history as ELA launches a series of NASA rockets later this month.
Three scientific suborbital rockets will be sent into outer space from the Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory, 12 degrees south of the equator on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
ELA’s Russell Shaw says the launches are “the first step” for the company as they look to build further.
“We’re operating a raft of services that will support the space launch and recovery industry as well as testing and looking to build this up to eventually launch more, have the capability to launch more than 50 rockets a year,” he told Sky News Australia.
About Equatorial Launch Australia
ELA’s mission is to launch and recover objects flown to and from space by providing a flexible and responsive launch site and associated services.
While ELA offers rare efficiencies, the site can cater for all orbits, and all reliable technologies, providing sub-orbital and orbital access to space for commercial, research and government organisations. The secure site build includes utilities and facilities to meet the most stringent customer requirements, with payload integration, storage, and administration at the site.
As a client of the Entrepreneurs’ Program that is offered by Darwin Innovation Hub together with the Northern Territory Government, ELA is supported through the program’s unique services which give eligible businesses access to expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through grants and incentives. Learn more about the Entrepreneur’s Program here.
In 2019 and 2021, Paspalis Investment Innovation Fund (PIIF) invested into the company through the help of Darwin Innovation Hub.
PIIF is actively investing in high-growth innovation projects. The Fund will look to invest in Australian companies seeking growth in the Asia Pacific region and Asia Pacific companies looking to relocate to Australia where those companies are involved in ventures that provide an economic advantage to the Northern Territory. Learn more about PIIF here.