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Cracking the code on International Women’s Day 2023

On International Women’s Day, Skykraft celebrates the UN Women Australia theme Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future.

At Skykraft, our culture is about learning, where no one is afraid to fail. It’s a mantra driven from the top down, and the bottom up. Our team operates in the open, not in offices. Our clean room is visibly located in the middle of the office, so everyone can see the development. We operate in an energetic environment where everyone is approachable.

Hear some of our stories that highlight the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies, and accessible education can play for the women of Skykraft.

Pictured left to right: Natalie Mason, Alex Geniola, Natashja Sultana, Devika Naidu, Sarah Young, Gayatri Laipubam, Rachel Hunter

Natalie Mason (she/her), Project Manager

As a project manager, it has been an incredible opportunity to see first-hand the work that goes on in a space company to successfully complete projects/missions.

It has been fantastic to have my ideas and knowledge be incorporated into Skykraft and to watch my work play a part in our Air Traffic Management constellation.

Watching Skykraft successfully launch into space and knowing that I had worked toward and alongside the mission in January 2023 was a huge career highlight, and that novelty will never wear off.

I am very privileged to have had the opportunities I have so far that have brought me to Skykraft. A few years ago, this was something I would never have thought possible for my career as a young, female project manager working in Canberra. My career trajectory continues to be an incredible reality as we build on each launch, and achieve more with each completed mission.

I am very proud to be involved in this work and am excited to be a part of Skykraft’s continued efforts to build a strong female workforce.

Alexandra Geniola, Systems Engineer

At Skykraft, the focus is on what you as an individual can contribute to the team with your unique ideas, experience and skillset.

I get to work in a team designing satellites, which I find fascinating (and my kids think is the coolest)!

The interplay between how design choices in one area of the satellite impact other areas is really interesting. Figuring out the best design while keeping in mind the end use of the satellite and the added challenge of the unique environment of space is like one big puzzle.

This is a great job for someone who likes to organise and problem solve. I am lucky I get to do that with people who are just as excited and interested in space as I am!

Gayatri Laipubam, Structural Engineer

Working in the space industry is a dream come true for me. The role here at Skykraft is the coolest I have had in my career. It gives me a great sense of fulfilment to have worked on the design and build of a satellite orbiting in space.

I am very excited about the work I am doing to build a better and more efficient satellite structure for the upcoming launches of the Skykraft ATM constellation satellites.

At Skykraft, the work culture and flexibility help me manage my dual roles of full-time work and being a mother.

Being a woman in an industry where I don’t see many women, I hope to be a role model for girls and other women and inspire them to choose STEM and engineering as a career path. There is a gratifying sense of purpose when we can make a positive impact in science and technology that will deliver a better future for humankind.

Skykraft and IWD

Skykraft is taking giant leaps forward into a whole new era in commercial space services, delivering a product for a global industry from our nation's capital with a diverse and inclusive team. Our aim is to continue to grow and contribute to the creation of a commercially capable and robust space economy, giving women in our team the opportunity to run space missions and to make a career in the space industry a reality in Australia!

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