SITAEL opens new satellite design office in Adelaide and signs contract with a South Australian company

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SITAEL opens a new satellite design office in Adelaide and signs a cooperation agreement with Inovor Technologies for the Buccaneer satellite.

From left to right: Pierluigi Pirrelli – Managing Director of the SITAEL Space Division , Francesca Tardioli – Italian Ambassador in Australia, Mark Ramsey – General Manager of SITAEL Australia, Steven Marshall – Premier of South Australia

Matt Tetlow – CEO of Inovor Technologies and Mark Ramsey – General Manager of SITAEL Australia signing the cooperation agreement

From left to right: Giorgio Saccoccia – ASI President, Francesca Tardioli – Italian Ambassador in Australia, Pierluigi Pirrelli – Managing Director of the SITAEL Space Division , Mark Ramsey – General Manager of SITAEL Australia, Steven Marshall – Premier of South Australia

February 17th, 2020 – A promising and exciting year has begun for SITAEL Australia, with today’s opening of its new satellite design office at Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood in Adelaide, continuing the company’s expansion in South Australia. SITAEL, the largest privately-owned Italian space company, indicated the new office will help expand its Australian capability to design, build and manufacture 50-300kg class satellites locally.

Managing Director of the SITAEL Space Division Mr Pierluigi Pirrelli commented “By expanding our Australian footprint, we can better deliver our Space technology solutions to Australian and regional customers. With such rapid growth and development in the Australian space sector, we are very pleased to be expanding our presence in South Australia.”

“The proximity to other space organisations such as the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, Inovor Technologies, Myriota and Neumann Space sealed the decision to locate in Lot Fourteen, and we are excited about expanding the company in such an environment”, commented Mark Ramsey, General Manager of SITAEL Australia.

Following the announcement on the 29th of November 2019 of Inovor Technologies winning the $2.5m Defence contract for the Buccaneer satellite bus, SITAEL Australia has also today signed a contract with Inovor Technologies to formally support the project.

Chief Executive Officer of Inovor Technologies Matt Tetlow said “After signing a Letter of Intent at IAC in 2017, Inovor Technologies and SITAEL have looked for cooperative opportunities to work together. Today we see the fruits of that cooperation, and we are very pleased to be working with SITAEL Australia on this project.”

The new office was officially opened by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall on Monday and is anticipated to create 10-15 new high technology jobs over the next few years.


About Inovor Technologies – 

Inovor Technologies is a world-leading supplier of next generation small satellite technology. Our unique low-cost, disaggregated technology has the flexibility to host an extensive range of technical applications including communications, remote sensing, imaging and scientific payloads. In addition to providing turnkey solutions for clients wanting missions flown in space, Inovor is also developing a small satellite based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) mission called Hyperion, to enhance Australia’s Space Traffic Management capability. Further missions in Earth Imaging and Remote Sensing are also under development. Inovor is located at the centre of Australia’s growing space hub in Lot Fourteen, and uniquely, all of our hardware and technology is manufactured in Australia.


About SITAEL Australia –

SITAEL is a global leader in the development of next-generation small satellites and satellite electric propulsion technologies and is headquartered in Italy. SITAEL Australia is the first company in Australia with the ability to design and manufacture satellites of up to 300kg for local and regional customers. SITAEL Australia’s capabilities include design, build and test of small satellites for a broad range of missions including research and development, communications, and earth observation. The company’s establishment in Adelaide in 2018 followed the signing of a Letter of Intent between the Italian Space Agency and the State Government in 2016.


About SITAEL S.p.A.- 

SITAEL is the largest privately-owned Space Company in Italy and worldwide leader in the Small Satellites sector. With highly qualified employees and state-of-the-art facilities, SITAEL covers a wide range of activities in development of small satellite platforms, advanced propulsion systems and on board avionics, providing turn-key solutions for Earth observation, telecom and science. Being one of the main players of the Space Economy, SITAEL is changing the way to conceive space products, both in the upstream and downstream segments, providing, thanks to its IoT capabilities, competitive smart services for a wide range of applications. SITAEL belongs to Angel Group, an Italian holding world leader in Railway, Aerospace and Aeronautics markets.  

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