Australia's Northern Territory is out of this world

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[Background music]

[Moving image of the earth highlighting the location of the Northern Territory]

On screen text: Northern Territory

[Images of a ground station, launch site and satellite]

Voiceover: Australia’s Northern Territory is ideally placed to host key infrastructure and services for the global space industry, with competitive advantages in:

  • launch services, for rockets and stratospheric ballooning
  • ground stations and
  • space technology development and testing.

On screen text: Access to Space

[Four concept images of Arnhem Space Centre launch site]

Voiceover: On track to commence operations in 2020, Equatorial Launch Australia’s Arnhem Space Centre will be Australia’s first commercial space launch facility, servicing government, research and commercial customers.

[Moving image of the earth showcasing the Northern Territory and proximity to the equator. The image then identifies the location of the Arnhem Space Centre in Nhulunbuy]

Voiceover: Located just 12 degrees from the equator, launching from Arnhem Space Centre takes full advantage of the earth’s rotation to gain extra velocity, improving payload to fuel ratios.

[Concept image of the Arnhem Space Centre launch site]

Voiceover: The facility will initially be equipped with three launch pads and accommodate sub-orbital and small orbital satellite launch vehicles, and its design allows for support of all current and future launch and recovery technologies.

On screen text: Arnhem Space Centre

On screen text: Initial site accommodates sub-orbital and orbital microlauncher space launch vehicles. Support for current and future space launch vehicle designs.

[Moving image of the earth showcasing Nhulunbuy location]

On screen text: Nhulunbuy

[Aerial view of the township of Nhulunbuy]

Voiceover: The launch facility is located just outside of Nhulunbuy, in the Territory’s East Arnhem region, a regional service hub equipped with a high quality airport, deep water port, hospital, schools, accommodation and optical fibre connectivity.

[Images of an Airnorth plane at the Gove airport, Gove port, Gove hospital, school in Gove and aerial image of houses in Gove]

On screen text:

Nhulunbuy - regional services hub

High quality airport

Deep water port

Hospital

Schools

Accommodation

Optical fibre connectivity.

[Equatorial Launch Australia logo, Tripsept Corporation logo and NASA logo]

Voiceover: Equatorial Launch Australia has agreements with proven launch vehicle providers as well as international launch customers, and NASA is planning to conduct its 2020 sounding rocket campaign from their facility.

On screen text: Stratospheric balloon launch

[Moving image of the earth showcasing the Territory and then highlights the Alice Springs location]

On screen text: Alice Springs

Voiceover: NASA is no stranger to the Territory, establishing its stratospheric ballooning facility in Alice Springs in the early 1970s.

[Aerial view of Alice Springs, Alice Springs Balloon Facility, people in a boardroom, presentations showing maps and weather forecasts, operations at the Alice Springs Balloon Facility including launches of stratospheric balloons]

Voiceover: Why? Alice Springs and Central Australia have perfect weather conditions for balloon launches, and the established road network, together with low population density, make payload recovery easy.

Over the last four decades the facility has hosted numerous ballooning campaigns for the US, French and Japanese space agencies.

Alice Springs is the ideal place for stratospheric ballooning.

On screen text: Ground stations

[Aerial view of Alice Springs, footage of the night sky, ground stations, the Centre of Appropriate Technology and image of the Viasat facility site plan]

Voiceover: The Territory’s geographic and climatic conditions and very low background light and radio frequency pollution, make it an ideal location for ground stations.

This is why US multinational Viasat partnered with Alice Springs-based CfAT Satellite Enterprises and Indigenous Business Australia to construct another ground station for its global Real-Time Earth Network.

Alice Springs is also home to one of the ground stations that forms part of the global Landsat Network, with CfAT Satellite Enterprises providing facilities maintenance.

CfAT Satellite Enterprises has the capacity to host two to three additional ground stations, and also has access to equity finance.

On screen text: Space technology development and testing

[A vehicle driving on a highway outside of Alice Springs, various aerial views of Alice Springs showcasing land and wide open spaces]

Voiceover: The Territory’s wide open spaces and low-density population make it the perfect location to establish a technology testing facility that ensures minimal risk to people or the environment.

Whether testing of rocket componentry or other cutting edge technology, there are numerous sites available for establishment of a new testing facility.

On screen text: Established skills base

[Aerial view of Darwin harbour, various footage of different industries in the NT such as defence, marine, manufacturing, technology]

Voiceover: The Northern Territory has a demonstrated capacity to develop emerging industries and execute high-tech, capital-intensive projects, and we’re ready to help make your next space project a reality.

[Moving image of the earth showing the location of the Northern Territory]

On screen text: Where anything is possible

Voiceover: Australia’s Northern Territory is a place where anything is possible. The opportunities, like space, are boundless.

[Australia’s Northern Territory Government logo and The Territory Boundless Possible logo]