Italian satellite company SITAEL launches in Adelaide

South Australia will be home to the first company in Australia with the capability to design and manufacture satellites and payloads of up to 300kg with Italian company SITAEL setting up its headquarters in Adelaide.

Making the announcement, the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the establishment of SITAEL Australia will further cement South Australia’s international reputation as a hub of innovation and an ideal environment to develop fresh ideas in the space industry.

“SITAEL is an innovative company leading the development of next-generation small satellites, and their decision to expand into South Australia demonstrates confidence in our state’s growing space industry,” Marshall said.

SITAEL CEO, Nicola Zaccheo said Sitael Australia will focus on developing innovative small satellites, space missions, and space technologies in upstream, downstream and ground segments.

“SITAEL is the first large space company manufacturing space systems in Australia. We believe Australia has a huge growth opportunity in the space sector, particularly with the establishment of the new Australian Space Agency. South Australia in particular is an ideal environment to develop innovative new ideas,”Zaccheo said.

According to the president of the Italian Space Agency (ISP), Professor Roberto Battiston, the establishment of SITAEL Australia in Adelaide is a tangible outcome of the Letter of Intent that the Italian Space Agency (ASI) signed with the South Australian Government in 2016 in Rome.

The Italian Space Agency has also welcomed the news of establishing the first Australian Space Agency, which is scheduled to start work from July 1.

The president of the Italian Space Agency (ISP), Professor Roberto Battiston, said the ASI greatly welcomes the new Australian Space Agency with which they intend to develop strong and fruitful scientific and technological collaboration.

Space industry professional Mark Ramsey has been appointed as General Manager of Sitael Australia.Ramsey, who is a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia advisory board, has previously worked at Thales Alenia Space, NewSat and Lockheed Martin.

SITAEL, a member of the International Aerospace Federation, is also involved in emerging fields including the Internet of Things (IoT) and instrumentation of science application. The company signed a Letter of Intent with SA company Inovor Technologies at last year’s International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, for the purposes of developing joint technological and commercial activities.