Leonardo supports the space ecosystem of South Australia (South Australia) and establishes a presence for its space services activities - through its subsidiary e-GEOS - in collaboration with SmartSat CRC. e-GEOS is a joint venture between Telespazio - Leonardo's subsidiary - and the Italian Space Agency.
The news was received with enthusiasm by the local community and by the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall, who recently welcomed Leonardo to Lot Fourteen. "South Australia is the defense and space capital of the country and it is fantastic to see another incredible international company choosing South Australia to do business. The strong interest shown by major national and international players is a great advantage for South Australia. Australia and is further proof that Lot Fourteen is a magnet for business and jobs. Leonardo's arrival at Lot Fourteen strengthens my government's strong commitment to creating a single hub that will generate thousands of jobs for Southern Australians, today and in the future, "concluded the Hon. Marshall.
As a global supplier to the space sector, Leonardo is ready to partner with the Australian space industry to stimulate local growth and international competitiveness.
"Lot Fourteen is the beating heart of Australian space activity. This is where the future of the country's space capacity is created. Leonardo and e-GEOS have numerous space skills to offer, technology to transfer and experience to share.
We want to see the Australian space industry grow, how can we not be part of this exciting adventure? ”Commented Michael Lenton, Executive Chairman of Leonardo Australia.
“Leonardo Australia aims to collaborate with SmartSat using local expertise, developing competitive business opportunities with its global partners and thus leading to the creation of new jobs and the growth of the sector,” said Prof Koronios, CEO of SmartSat.
"Leonardo can count on decades of experience gained in space programs and plays a crucial role in numerous important missions such as for the global navigation system Galileo, Copernicus, COSMO-SkyMed, PRISMA (Hyperspectral Precursor), for the ExoMars and Rosetta missions, as well as for the International Space Station. Leonardo's presence in Adelaide is an important step for the South Australian ecosystem, ”said Richard Price, Chief Executive of Defense SA.
In 2019, Leonardo Australia, through the involvement of e-GEOS (a joint venture between Telespazio - Leonardo's subsidiary - and the Italian Space Agency), became a support partner of the SmartSat CRC Space Cooperative Research Center in Adelaide. Leonardo Australia's partnership with SmartSat is a key factor in the company's strategy to increase its presence in the space industry in the Oceania region and to develop joint research and commercialization opportunities. As a major provider of the European Copernicus program, e-GEOS supports rapid disaster response operations around the world, including the provision of maps to Australian authorities during the recent bushfires.
Leonardo Australia is the regional subsidiary of Leonardo, a global high-tech company among the top ten companies in the world in Aerospace, Defense and Security, with annual revenues of AU $ 23 billion.
George Coulloupas is the head of Leonardo Australia's Space Line of Business based in Lot Fortueen. In Australia, George has a long experience in innovation and start-ups, in the commercialization of services derived from space and in the research of next generation satellite systems.