Global satellite company SITAEL sets up Australian headquarters in Adelaide

05 Jul 2018

Italy’s largest privately owned space company, SITAEL, is opening an Australian office to design, develop and manufacture small satellite platforms and payloads.

In a South Australian Government media release, Nicola Zaccheo, SITAEL CEO, says the company will focus on developing innovative small satellites and payloads (from 50kg up to 300kg), space missions, and space technologies in upstream, downstream and ground segments.

‘SITAEL is the first large space company manufacturing space systems in Australia,’ says Zaccheo. ‘We believe Australia has a huge growth opportunity in the space sector, particularly with the establishment of the new Australian Space Agency. South Australia in particular is an ideal environment to develop innovative new ideas.’

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says establishing SITAEL in Australia will further cement South Australia’s international reputation as a hub of innovation, and as an ideal environment to develop fresh ideas for the space industry.

‘SITAEL is an innovative company leading the development of next-generation small satellites, and their decision to expand into South Australia demonstrates confidence in our state’s growing space industry,’ says Premier Marshall.

Founded in 1994 from a series of mergers and acquisitions, SITAEL is a wholly owned entity of Angel, a worldwide transportation and aerospace group employing more than 1,000 people.