Space to learn and grow

Jack Hopgood grew up in the Adelaide Hills, with dreams of a career working with animals. Attending Urrbrae Agricultural High School, he had all that he needed to achieve his goals. “As much as I loved animals, I realised through my study that science and maths were a real strength for me, so I ended up leaning heavily into those subjects rather than agriculture,” Jack reflected. “Going into University, I had no clear expectation of where I would end up, [...]

2024-02-07T11:00:23+10:30February 7th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Finding a place in Australia’s centre for space

Allan Dias was born in Brazil and, after his father received a job offer, he found himself moving to China during high school. With a fascination for flight and a knock-back from the Brazilian Air Force, Allan had to really consider his future career path. “I was looking for an opportunity to explore my passion for flying while also being able to interact with other international students,” said Allan. “Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics was just that place.” Studying [...]

2023-11-14T14:59:54+10:30November 14th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

There’s space for everyone in SA

Naida Rasheed is new to South Australia, having relocated from Sydney to join Southern Launch as a Launch Engineer. Space has always been on Naida’s radar. Growing up, she and her father often spoke about space, the pinnacle being the purchase of a family telescope. Spending many evenings zooming in on the rings of Saturn and the craters of the Moon, Naida’s passion was ignited. But was a career in space really possible in Australia? “Early on, when I was [...]

2023-10-25T10:33:55+10:30October 10th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

From taking to the skies to shooting for the stars

After starting out as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force, Dr Jordan Plotnek took advantage of South Australia’s booming space industry, and sky-rocketed toward a career in space cyber security. Jordan’s days are now spent democratising their knowledge and expertise as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at UniSA, and as Critical Infrastructure Lead and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for veteran-owned professional services firm, Anchoram Consulting. Growing up, Jordan’s curiosity for wireless communications piqued at the drive-in theatre. [...]

2023-10-25T10:30:26+10:30September 21st, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Find your place in space and unlock a career that matters

In a time not all that long ago, you could have been forgiven for thinking a career in the space industry was something you would have to go overseas to do, and it involved being a rocket scientist or astronaut flying to the moon. This is definitely not the case with a range of exciting careers now available in South Australia in an industry that’s making a difference to the way we live, and helping to create a sustainable future. [...]

2023-05-09T20:33:30+09:30May 9th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Zahra’s story

Antennas are everywhere. There are tiny ones in every mobile phone and laptop, and in the hardware that helps them connect to wi-fi. They are in the security tags that prevent shoplifting in stores. They’re in medical devices that can detect cancerous tumours. And, of course, there are the big ones that capture signals from satellites in space. Zahra Esmati has been fascinated by antennas ever since she studied telecommunications back in her home country of Iran. Now, she’s is [...]

2023-04-19T13:57:35+09:30April 19th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Now is the time to join South Australia’s defence and space industries

There’s never been a better time to join South Australia’s defence and space industries, with workers needed now to get started on a lucrative career, spanning decades. Recent research conducted by Defence SA shows that while the defence industry alone in South Australia is expected to need an additional 10,000 people over the next 10 years, not everyone is aware of the career opportunities available in the state. Defence SA Chief Executive Richard Price said the highest priority for South [...]

2023-03-15T14:32:10+10:30February 15th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Young Achiever’s career on upward trajectory

The Australian Industry & Defence Network – South Australia (AIDN SA) Young Achiever Award 2022 was announced at the annual AIDN SA Christmas and Garden Party last week. Southern Launch Regulatory Lead Eamon Lawson received this year’s honour, selected from a competitive field of nominees. Eamon was recognised for his important contribution to critical law reform to support the development of Australia’s first sovereign end-to-end space capability covering payload development, rocket manufacture and launch into space. Space launch is an important pillar [...]

2023-03-15T14:19:34+10:30December 15th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Rocket scientist surges into dream career in South Australia’s space sector

As a young boy James dreamt of being an astronaut and his fascination with space has led to an exciting career as a rocket scientist. James recently made the move to South Australia’s thriving space sector where his career has taken off – and he’s now driving some of the most cutting-edge space innovations in the state. James works as a mechanical and thermal engineer for South Australian space company Neumann Space, which is one of only a few companies [...]

2022-10-18T09:59:53+10:30October 18th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , ,