Leonardo Joins Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen Space Precinct
Italian company Leonardo is joining the South Australian space ecosystem by establishing a foothold for its space service business through its subsidiary e-GEOS in partnership with SmartSat CRC. e‑GEOS is a joint venture between Telespazio, Leonardo’s subsidiary, and the Italian Space Agency.
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall recently welcomed Leonardo at Lot Fourteen, saying “South Australia is the defence and space capital of the country and it’s fantastic to see another incredible international company choosing South Australia to do business. The strong interest being shown by major national and international players is a coup for South Australia and is further evidence that Lot Fourteen is a magnet for business and jobs. The addition of Leonardo to Lot Fourteen cements my governments strong commitment to create a once in a generation hub that will generate thousands of jobs for South Australians now and into the future.”
As a dominant worldwide supplier in the space sector, Leonardo aims to collaborate with the Australian space industry to stimulate local growth and competitiveness in global markets. “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?” said Michael Lenton, executive chairman of Leonardo Australia.
In 2019, Leonardo Australia through e‑GEOS, became a supporting partner of Adelaide-based space Cooperative Research Centre SmartSat CRC. Leonardo Australia’s partnership with SmartSat is a key driver in the company’s strategy to grow its presence in the space industry within the Oceania region and to develop joint research and commercialisation opportunities. As prominent provider of the European Copernicus program, e‑GEOS supports rapid security and disaster response operations all over the world, including providing Australian fire authorities rapid mapping during recent bushfires.