5 September 2022

Canberra rocket men and women sought ahead of space centre launch

| Katrina Condie
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An artist's impression of the launch site. Photo: SCA.

An artist’s impression of the launch site. Photo: SCA.

Canberra veterans and first responders are among those being invited to be part of the next stage of Australia’s first large-scale multi-use spaceport.

Through its Canberra-based corporate group Palm Branch Group (PBG), Space Centre Australia (SCA) plans to triple the size of its team and is looking to recruit defence industry experts keen to expand their knowledge of space technology.

SCA CEO James Palmer said new employees would work for up to two years in complementary areas of PBG while upskilling for a transition to the space centre in far north Queensland.

“Space industry professionals are hard to come by, especially in Australia, so we will be recruiting people with complementary skillsets that can be adapted for roles within SCA,” Mr Palmer said.

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He said the group was looking for potential employees with a range of skillsets, including engineers, technicians, project managers and coordinators, ILS professionals, commercial management, and legal professionals.

“With both PBG and Australia’s defence industry centred in Canberra, we expect the majority of our next intake to be Canberra-based,” Mr Palmer added.

“We also want to provide an opportunity for defence veterans and first responders to be part of this new and emerging sector.”

James Palmer

SCA CEO James Palmer is seeking Canberrans to work at the new space centre. Photo: SCA.

Global demand for launch access currently outstrips supply three to one – and this is increasing.

The new spaceport, located 43 kilometres east of Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula, is aiming to have small launch capabilities by 2024. By 2028, it is anticipated to become the first site in Australia capable of large geostationary transfer orbit.

The site will also be one of few locations in the world capable of launching satellites into both low Earth orbits (LEO) and geosynchronous equatorial orbits (GEO).

“Multiple governments, militaries and businesses choose to launch large satellites into both LEO and GEO orbits,” Mr Palmer said.

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“These types of launches can only be accessed from a small number of launch locations globally. Weipa is one such location.

“Our site is uniquely placed – both geographically and geopolitically – to become one of the most important launch sites in the world.

“And our next group of employees will be uniquely placed on the ground floor to make it all happen.”

If you are interested in joining Space Centre Australia as part of the Palm Branch Group, contact Elliott Gray Recruitment at alex@elliottgray.com.au

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