US space company Exos Aerospace has opened an office in Adelaide to train Australian workers in high-tech space capabilities.
In the first year, Exos Aerospace aims to train 24 people and start to grow with a year five target to train 200 high-tech workers per year.
That growth will all be made possible by working with universities and educational facilities.
The company envisions students seeing their training through to a hands-on launch experience through a proposed launch services agreement with Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA).
Exos is setting up in the Lot 14 technology precinct in Adelaide.
“Government policymakers don’t always know how to integrate commercially available capabilities, but they have brilliantly set the stage for us at Lot 14, said John Quinn, Exos Aerospace chief operating officer.
“Exos Aerospace AU has commenced the ITAR work to bring a proven technical training centre (partnered with Fenix Space) that will leverage Australia’s highly technical industrial base.”
Exos Aerospace developed the Exos National Charter Enterprise program with PricewaterhouseCoopers and INVITALIA as a way to bring reusable space hardware technologies to the world through a high-tech apprenticeship program.
Australia is the company’s second such National Charter Enterprise.
Exos also conducts launches using its SARGE suborbital reusable launch vehicle (SRLV), with the aim of recovering the rocket for later use. A recent launch from New Mexico in June failed shortly after launch but the rocket was still recovered.
The company is also planning another launcher called Jaguar designed to place a 100-kilogram payload into low-Earth orbit. That’s planned to fly around 2022.
Exos said the Australia National Charter Enterprise is key to bringing reusability to the launcher business and is enabled by the strong technical training environment in South Australia.
“Exos Aerospace AU targeted Lot 14 to be the training centre with mission support at Equatorial Launch Australia (for vertical launch) and the planned South Australia Spaceport for horizontal launch capability,” it said.
“Exos Aerospace AU and Fenix Space, Inc. intend to serve both commercial and government customers to refine the world of horizontal launch capability.”
The Fenix Space training model will be coupled with the Exos Aerospace rocket training experience.
Exos plans to apply for a grant to support opening a training facility to supply Australians with technical, operational training for building and operating liquid-fuelled rocket technologies.
“While primarily focused on providing additional skilled workers to the Australian aerospace industry, the machining skill sets taught for aerospace will cut across many industrial sectors,” the company said.
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