Skykraft, ELA partner to boost satellite and launch capabilities
5 September 2019
Space company Skykraft and rocket launch company Equatorial Launch Australia have signed a strategic partnership agreement to leverage the strengths of the two firms.
Skykraft, a company that spun out of UNSW Canberra, is a designer and manufacturer of small satellite constellations for a broad range of space-based services.
Skykraft managing director James Prior said the letter of strategic intent with ELA was a key step in the development of Australia’s ability to conceptualise, design, build, launch and operate entire satellite constellation missions from within Australia.
“Equatorial Launch Australia’s Space Centre near Nhulunbuy in the NT is ideally positioned to access a wide variety of orbits. Skykraft requires this type of space access to achieve its aim of delivering rapid, flexible and adaptable space missions,” he said.
In a joint statement, the companies said combining Skykraft’s rapid constellation design and manufacture capability and ELA’s ability to tailor launch options through their spaceport, plus access to a wide selection of launch vehicles, would provide Australia and the broader space community with an end-to-end solution for rapid, flexible and responsive space access.
Read the media release on Space Connect's website.