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Top Italian Company Leonardo joins South Australian Space Ecosystem

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Leonardo, one of Italy’s foremost industrial companies and a world top-10 player in aerospace, defence and security, has joined the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre at Lot Fourteen Adelaide. Specifically, Leonardo Australia have established a presence at Lot Fourteen supporting space-related research and development in partnership with e-GEOS – a joint-venture between Telespazio (67% Leonardo, 33% Thales) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

Lot Fourteen is a South Australian government and federally supported innovation precinct development with a focus on future-driven, competitive and hi-tech industries such as space, defence and cyber security, and the news of Leonardo’s arrival at the facility was warmly welcomed by local companies and representatives from the Australian Space Agency, Defence SA at a reception with the Premier of South Australia Hon. Stephen Marshall.

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, also based at Lot Fourteen, is a federal and industry-funded centre, bringing together research organisations developing technologies with the aim of transforming Australia’s space innovation ecosystem. In joining with SmartSat at the Lot Fourteen hub, Leonardo aims to help expand the Australian space industry, by working with the industry to stimulate its growth locally and in turn increase Australian competitiveness on a global scale.

On joining the Adelaide precinct, Leonardo Australia Executive Chairman Michael Lenton said, “Lot Fourteen is the beating heart of Australia’s space activity. It is where the future of Australia’s Space capability is being created. Leonardo and e-GEOS have so much space expertise to bring, technology to transfer and experience to share. We want to see the Australian Space industry grow. How could we not be part of this thrilling venture?”

Having supplied the first instruments and services in the 60s, Leonardo plays a leading role in the international Space market. Leonardo operates in the Space sector covering the industry’s entire value chain through the activities of its Electronics Division and through two joint ventures created with Thales, which form the “Space Alliance”: Telespazio (Leonardo 67% and Thales 33%) and Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%). The excellent skills match makes Leonardo able to assure an end-to-end offering for all users’ requirements: from space systems manufacturing, up to the production of a wide range of high-tech instruments, subsystems, sensors and the management of launch and in-orbit services and satellite services.

Leonardo plays a critical role in many international space programmes, including Galileo, Copernicus, PRISMA, COSMO-SkyMed, Artemis, ExoMars.

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