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Skykraft lands at Australian Space Discovery Centre

Adelaide 24 October 2022

Skykraft's Block 2 satellite has landed at the Australian Space Discovery Centre (ASDC) in Adelaide. The Space Gallery celebrates Australia’s contemporary work and excellence in the space sector. The satellite is a model of part of the largest ever Australian-made payload about to go into space.

It can be seen hanging from the southern skies in the Space for Australia exhibition, where visitors can learn about Australia’s contributions to the global space industry and how space impacts our everyday life.

Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency was at the ASDC today for the unveiling of the satellite, along with Skykraft's Strategic Engagement Lead, Joe Andrews.

Pictured: (left) Enrico Palermo and (right) Joe Andrews with the Skykraft Block II model

This satellite forms part of Skykraft’s 300kg payload that will be launched with SpaceX out of Florida later this year.

The upcoming launch is part of the proof of concept activities for the deployment of Skykraft’s space-based Air Traffic Management (ATM) service that will commence commercial operations in 2024.

Skykraft’s space-based ATM service will increase the efficiency of global aviation and address gaps in surveillance and communications over remote areas.

Using the 200 plus satellite constellation, the space-based global system can track aircraft travelling across oceanic and remote areas that are currently limited by ground-based communications infrastructure.

Satellites that make up Skykraft’s constellation are designed and manufactured in Australia using local supply chains in a resilient production process.

Just like at the ASDC where you can learn about pathways for a career in space. The space sector needs all sorts of skills and types of people. Skykraft employs engineers across electrical, industrial, and software disciplines to deliver this satellite constellation.

Visit the Australian Space Discovery Centre to find out more about how this satellite technology developed by Australian engineers will change the global air traffic management landscape.

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