Ground stations



Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia




Investment type

Investment type:

Equity, consortium, joint venture, partnership, other

Project status

Project status:

Investor ready

The opportunity

Commercial ground station infrastructure at the Centre for Appropriate Technology’s (CfAT) 38 hectare Heath Road site. The site has space available for two to three additional ground station developments.

Why the Territory

The site’s competitive advantages include:

  • more than 250 days a year of clear skies
  • clear line of sight 5º above the horizon
  • very low background light pollution (sky quality meter readings above 20)
  • established spectrum licences for existing operations
  • 1GBPS optical fibre cable on-site
  • mains power 300Kv transformer, mains water and sewage
  • 100m2 of office space available for on-site commercial rental
  • only 10 minutes from Alice Springs airport and CBD
  • only three hours by air from all Australian mainland capital cities.
Geoscience Australia’s ground station
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A proven location

CfAT currently hosts:

  • Geoscience Australia’s earth observation ground station, consisting of two 9m antennas
  • Viasat commercial ground station comprising two 7.3m antennas and associated infrastructure which forms part their global Real-Time Earth network
  • ArianeGroup’s optical telescope expanding its GeoTracker space situational awareness network.
CfAT’s Heath Road site
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CfAT Satellite Enterprises Ltd

CfAST Satellite Enterprises is a wholly owned subsidiary of CfAT. It can:

  • construct ground station facilities to a high standard
  • provide facilities maintenance services.
  • source equity finance to fund the development of commercial satellite ground station infrastructure on its Alice Springs property (for example, Viasat's $6 million development was financed through a loan to CfAT Satellite Enterprises from their funding partner).

For further information on the space industry in the Northern Territory, go to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade website.

Contact details

Aaron Kabasobokwe
General Manager - Satellite Enterprises
Centre for Appropriate Technology

Phone: +61 479 124 614

Claire George
Director - Space and Digital
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Phone: +61 8 8999 5369 or +61 401 115 600

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