Territory’s space industry takes important step forward


The Northern Territory is cementing is position in the trillion-dollar global space industry, with European aerospace company ArianeGroup announcing the Centre for Appropriate Technology will host their GEOTracker® station.

The location, 10km from Alice Springs CBD, is the perfect position to provide clear skies required to operate ArianeGroup technology which will automatically track satellites using an optical telescope.

The GeoTracker will consist of multiple instruments which will be encased in a three-metre tall clamshell observatory dome. The structure will complement the existing Geoscience Australia satellite ground station and the recently announced Real Time Earth satellite ground station.

Currently, 23 local jobs are supported through CfAT, with this project further supporting these and future roles through:

  • CfAT developing the site
  • procuring the observatory dome
  • installing the equipment
  • providing the internet connection, and
  • facilities maintenance and hosting management.

The majority of CfAT employees are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and the company will leverage this opportunity to develop local capability in technical construction and facility maintenance.

The Northern Territory Government activity facilitated the partnership between CfAT and ArianeGroup, and it will continue to positioning the Territory to attract private investment and develop new and exciting industries.

Find out more about investment opportunities in the Territory, go to The Territory website.

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