EQUATORIAL LAUNCH AUSTRALIA signs multi-launch contract with INNOSPACE to conduct orbital launches from the ARNHEM SPACE CENTRE 

Equatorial Launch Australia

17 August 2023, Adelaide, Australia and Sejong, Korea

Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) the developer, owner and operator of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory, has today signed a multi-year, multi-launch contract with Korean aerospace company, INNOSPACE, for a series of orbital launches from the Australian spaceport.

The agreement will see the launch of several INNOSPACE rocket variants each carrying between 50kg and 500kg payloads into low earth orbit from the ASC across a five-year timeframe until Dec 2028.

ELA is widely regarded as the most advanced multi-user commercial spaceport in the world, and the signing of this contract has validated the business concept and development plans by securing INNOSPACE – the only hybrid-fuelled rocket company worldwide to have successfully launched into space – as the first commercial company to become a ‘resident launcher’ (long term tenant and regular launcher) at the Australian spaceport. The first launches by INNOSPACE from the ASC are expected to commence in early 2025. ELA previously had a three-launch contract with NASA.

ELA has been working with the Australian Space Agency (ASA) to expand its existing Launch Facilities License (LFL) to support orbital launches from the ASC with a range of orbital rockets, differing azimuths and trajectories and a much wider array of propellant mixes and rocket configurations as part of its Phase 2 Development Plan. This work with the ASA will now expand to assist INNOSPACE to obtain its first Australian Launch Permit (ALP). This ALP approval process is expected to take between 6 and 14 months commencing later his year.

As one of up to seven planned ‘resident launchers’ INNOSPACE will be allocated a Space Launch Complex (SLC), comprising two modern ASC launch pads customised to INNOSPACE’s rocket requirements and an extensive Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) which allows for rocket assembly, payload integration (in an ISO 8 clean room) and has overhead cranes, offices, workshops and system test facilities in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. Each SLC is fully enclosed and encompasses a range of ITAR compliance measures including video and movement sensor security, extensive fencing, and access control.

Michael Jones, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of ELA said the contract with INNOSPACE was a major milestone for ELA. “We are delighted to announce this multi-launch and long-term agreement with INNOSPACE and what we hope is the first of several launch agreements which we have been developing for some time. INNOSPACE is a truly innovative company with outstanding technology and is one of the leaders in the emerging market of smaller launch providers. INNOSPACE is one of the first of the next batch of “new space” rocket companies to launch and with increasing congestion at major spaceports globally, INNOSPACE has recognised the unique launch/geographic, infrastructure and commercial benefits of launching from the ASC.”

“The launch contract and associated space launch complex agreement which we have been discussing for over a year provide INNOSPACE with the flexibility they require around launching a range of launch vehicles at an increasing cadence over the next five years,” he said.

“This contract demonstrates the potential for the ASC to deliver on our goal of being the pre-eminent commercial launch site globally. With the combination of our launch pad design/technology, launch inclination options, geopolitically stable base, infrastructure, logistics and engineering support solutions we have developed, we know we offer a highly competitive and attractive spaceport solution,” said Mr Jones.

“Last year’s three successful launches with NASA allowed us to showcase the skill and capabilities of both the ELA team and the Arnhem Space Centre to the world. We’re excited to embark on that journey again – this time with INNOSPACE. It is a very important part of our ethos and culture to be known for what we achieve and not what we predict, and this contract again shows this aspect of ELA.”

Soojong Kim, CEO of INNOSPACE said, “we are thrilled to have secured an optimal launch spaceport, the ASC, which has the benefits of launching from an equatorial spaceport and brings launch efficiencies through this multi-launch agreement with ELA. Our goal is to offer customers greater flexibility for their launch schedule and orbit access with frequent dedicated launch opportunities. We expect to enable our satellite customers to achieve significant innovation with our orbital launch services by launching from the ASC.”


Equatorial Launch Australia
Amanda Hudswell,
Head of Marketing & Communications
Ph: +61 (0) 403166947

Jeonghee Kim
Communications Manager
Ph: +82.44.715.7948

Global Spaceport Alliance Welcomes KBR

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes KBR

KBR Joins the Global Spaceport Alliance!

We are thrilled to announce that KBR has joined the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA), allowing it to more broadly share its extensive aerospace experience and capabilities with the international spaceport community.

Dr. George C. Nield, GSA’s Chairman, pointed out that, “KBR has a tremendous track record of working with both government and industry to achieve mission success, and I know that we will all be able to benefit significantly from their insights and their innovative approaches.”

KBR’s Government Solutions U.S. advances the priorities of the U.S. government and related commercial entities. As the team behind the mission, KBR provides a range of high-end services and expertise in scientific research, systems engineering, data analytics, and mission operations around the globe. 

Its in-depth portfolio spans defense modernization; military, civil and commercial space; intelligence; cyber; advanced logistics; and base operations. Whether testing the latest military aircraft or training astronauts, they equip those on the frontline and those exploring a new frontier. 

“We are delighted to join GSA and collaborate on the continued advancement of commercial space endeavors,” said Todd May, KBR Senior Vice President, Science and Space. “GSA’s visionary efforts to develop a global network of spaceports to help facilitate increased access to space and grow the space economy aligns perfectly with KBR’s goals to further human exploration to the moon and beyond. We are excited to see how the future unfolds and proud to be a part of it together.”

Known for excelling in complex and extreme environments, KBR is trusted to help their customers meet their most pressing challenges today and into the future. Their wide-ranging experience will be a valuable asset to the spaceport community.


Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to
information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Global Spaceport Alliance Welcomes the International Space University

GSA welcomes ISU

Enriching the Spaceport Community: International Space University Joins Global Spaceport Alliance!

We are excited to announce the newest addition to our team, International Space University (ISU), who will be joining the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA) membership. With a strong background in space education, ISU brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm that will significantly enhance our capabilities.

George Nield, GSA’s Chairman noted, “Given ISU’s reputation for excellence and its extensive cadre of alumni, I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together to energize and expand the international spaceport community.

ISU was founded in 1987 and is a private, non-profit [501(c)3] university registered in France and the U.S. ISU provides “3-I” (i.e., international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural) workforce and leadership development programs for participants at the graduate student and early career professional levels for the benefit of all humanity. 

ISU has a central campus in Strasbourg, France and is establishing a permanent presence in North America. ISU has 5400 alumni shaping the international space ecosystem in 110 countries, including astronauts, entrepreneurs, space industry leaders, and government executives. 

Dr. Ken Davidian, Vice President, North American Operations of the International Space University said, “ISU is thrilled to join the Global Spaceport Alliance, enabling us to share our distinct international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural approach to space education and professional development with the global spaceport community.”

Their deep understanding of space is poised to make an immediate impact as we continue to provide support for the growing spaceport industry.



Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Join ISU for a five-day program coming up!

SPACE SECTOR CRASH COURSE on November 12-17, 2023 in Houston, Texas at the Holiday Inn Houston-Webster at 302 Bay Area Blvd – Webster, TX 77598

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes Linde, Inc.

GSA welcomes Linde

Linde joins Global Spaceport Alliance

Linde has more than 100 years of experience and the resources to supply, operate and manage all the utility, cryogenic propellants, rare gases, additive manufacturing materials and systems you need for all the elements that lead to a successful launch.

One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)
One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company and offers:
• Product supply consistency and service reliability on a global scale
• Site gas management and supply system support
• Investment-reducing facility leases
• Safety and environmental compliance
• Years of commercial space experience

The results for you are lower cost and less risk because of:
• Optimum cryogenic system design that improves system performance
• Additive manufacturing powders, gases and surface coating services
• Consistent propellant, component gas and liquid launch gas quality
• Reliable delivery, filling and storage expertise
• Plant-to-launch supply focus
• Risk reduction and minimized capital investment

Simply put, Linde offers world-class supply systems and products to meet your local needs.