Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was pleased to announce that South Australian space company Southern Launch had successfully completed the construction of their temporary rocket launch pad at Whalers Way, thanks partly to funding from the Federal Government.
“Today’s announcement builds on Southern Launch’s success in being awarded Australia’s first commercial launch facility licence, and the Government’s commitment to developing Australia’s space industry,” he said.
“Southern Launch were last month awarded a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant. These grants help local businesses to grow our industrial base in priority areas, so that these companies are better positioned to work with the Australian defence industry – where traditionally these capabilities may have had to be contracted from overseas.
“The completion of the temporary launch pad means that Southern Launch are now one step closer to commencing up to three test rocket launches before the end of the year.”
Southern Launch contracted a local Port Lincoln company to construct the launch pad.
“I am particularly pleased that Southern Launch have used Owen Construct & Design, a family-owned Port Lincoln business, to construct their temporary launch pad. The creation of work in our region is a key part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to building Australian jobs, so it is wonderful to see that opportunities are flowing for small businesses through our space industry,” Mr Ramsey said.
“The development of space technology and services benefits all Australians. It underpins many of the daily conveniences and technologies that Australians have come to expect, such as remote communications, emergency management, internet access and GPS.
“I am proud of the role that my electorate is playing in supporting the development of our Australian space industry and I congratulate Southern Launch for the completion of their launch pad at Whalers Way.”
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