This article about the Aussie launch industry is entirely about a NZ originated launch company with no operational presence in Australia, but the headline is still true.
(That said, given that the Future Fund led the most recent round, maybe us Aussies have found a way to claim another NZ asset as our own? 🤔)
I prefer to to think about an AUNZ space industry though, anyway, and hope to facilitate much more trade and echenge between our nations. We're so close, it just makes sense.
Lot's of exciting activity with the following launch startups in Aus which the article doesn't mention:
- Gilmour Space Tech
- Black Sky Aerospace
- Equatorial Launch Australia
- Space Ops
- Next Aero
- Eutripia Aerospace
- Arcane Aerospace
- Leo Aerospace (Aussie investors after participating in our Stage 4 accelerator last year)
There are also active discussions happening with Virgin Orbit and Virgin Galactic, among others.
Being honest, we're still yet to see if our industry can sustain its self to profitability (I suspect it will, with consolidation, as will the international launch industry), but we've certainly come a long way since only a few years ago when the accepted expert opinion of advisors close to federal government is that Australia can't and shouldn't do space launch.
Australia’s space startup community is showing there’s no business like the launch business