Three South Australian startups further plans to support the international space industry.

The Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, centre, joined Lloyd Damp of Southern Launch, left, and Ian Spencer of DEWC Systems at the 9th Australian Space Forum in Adelaide last year for the announcement of the first payload to be launched from South Australia.

All based in Adelaide, South Australia, the companies include Fleet Space Technologies, Inovor Technologies and Southern Launch.

Southern Launch has been approved to conduct three rocket test launches from its site at Whalers Way reserve on the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

The State Commission Assessment Panel has approved Southern Launch to build the infrastructure required to commence three tests before 31 December.

Southern Launch’s role with Australian Space Agency

Southern Launch will establish a permanent orbital facility near the local town of Port Lincoln, making it one of only two such facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Southern Launch is required to obtain a launch licence from the Australian Space Agency, also based in Adelaide, South Australia, to secure the official dates of the tests.

The strict conditions of the development, including the Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) will require consultation with South Australian government agencies.

The three launches will be tested and managed for potential impacts during the campaign.

The equipment and infrastructure will then need to be removed and the site returned for conservation, recreational and tourism purposes once the tests are completed.

Inovor Technologies and Fleet Space Technologies’ role

Inovor Technologies and Fleet Space Technologies are expanding their satellite capabilities.

Inovor founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr Matthew Tetlow revealed the company, which had previously concentrated on Cubesats, will start building small satellites.

The company is developing a satellite called ‘Australis’ to meet Australia’s increased demand from Australian defence and science organisations for larger, sovereign space technologies.

Dr Matthew Tetlow of Inovor Technologies, based at Lot 14 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The 250 kilogram Australis satellite is being developed at the Lot Fourteen innovation district in Adelaide, home to Australian Space Agency and space companies like SmartSat CRC.

“We’re excited to be building upon the technology we have developed in our Apogee Cubesat bus and, with support from international partners, we will be expanding our capabilities with the Australis range of spacecraft,” Tetlow said.

“We’re able to enter the small satellite market earlier than planned, so we are, and we look forward to making another exciting announcement later in the year.”

Inovor Technologies will assist Australia’s defence and science organisations to conduct a broader range of missions using small satellites.

Fleet Space Technologies, an Internet of Things company that has scheduled its sixth nanosatellite this month, has been awarded $386,770 as part of the Australian government’s Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grant program.