Hallett has joined Av-Comm to assist the company with its expansion into the sovereign manufacturing industry, with a focus on satellite ground systems.
The role will also involve advising on the provision of support to Australia’s current ground station satellite assets, which Av-comm provides for the defence, civil and space sectors.
Av-Comm Space and Defence is Australia’s longest-running private satellite communications company. The company has operated since 1981, providing both equipment and maintenance for public and private sectors in the country for over 40 years.
The company is renowned in the industry for its work on satellite ground systems, with a specialty in large aperture antennas.
Aside from providing maintenance, Av-Comm is well known for its innovation in the design of satellite communication equipment. It recently developed Australia’s first domestically manufactured multi-band satellite tracking ground system, called the Cassowary.
Hallett has significant experience in the Australian space industry, having spent 14 years at Clearbox Systems, another prominent satellite ground system company. He took over as CEO of Clearbox in 2021 after serving as the head of strategy and business development prior to that.
He is also heavily involved in the Moonshot Space accelerator program and the National Space Industry Hub, two Australian programs designed to foster growth for Australian space start-ups.
Hallett is also a serving non-executive director of the Space Industry Association of Australia and sits on the advisory board of DroneShield, a defence company specialising in the detection and defeat of hostile drones.
The managing director of Av-Comm, Michael Cratt, spoke about the addition of Hallett to the team, praising his experience.
“Jeremy Hallett’s understanding of Australia’s space ecosystem, as well as his deep technical and commercial expertise, will be invaluable to our growing domestic and Pacific-focused business.”
Cratt also spoke about the future of Av-Comm, pointing to the company’s recent acquisition of STEP Electronics as a major step towards its goals of developing domestic manufacturing capabilities.
“Av-Comm Space and Defence is about to write a new chapter in its history, as a ground segment sovereign manufacturer. There couldn’t be a better time for Australia to develop this capability and stop relying on foreign-made systems when we have the talent and know-how here to support our space industry,” he said.
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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