Equatorial Launch Australia will build and operate Australia’s first commercial spaceport, located near Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. The complex will serve effectively as a backbone to Australia’s burgeoning aerospace industry.
The Arnhem Space Centre project will include multiple launch sites using a variety of launch vehicles to provide sub-orbital and orbital access to space for commercial, research and government organisations. It will include the provision of critical infrastructure and support to domestic industry, defence and academia.
Equatorial Launch Australia is uniquely positioned to take advantage of recent rapid developments in small satellite technologies that utilise light launch vehicles, providing a highly competitive alternative to large launch complexes, both in terms of infrastructure and associated launch costs.
The capability will also complement recent Australian space developments and ventures in small satellite construction and space environmental testing. In turn, this provides increased access to the space environment and benefits to the Australian economy.
Equatorial Launch Australia has undertaken extensive consultation with key stakeholders in Australia and internationally, to ensure the viability of a spaceport in Arnhem Land. Discussions have positively identified key interest and opportunities in domestic launch operations; international launch operations; satellite operations and testing; space sciences; space education; avenues for broader education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and support for Government space-related activities.