Gilmour Space Technologies secures indigenous support

The Juru Traditional Owners at Bowen in Queensland have signed a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement with Australian rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies.

The agreement supports a proposed launch site within the Queensland government-owned Abbot Point State Development Area, which could see the first Australian-made rockets and satellites launching to orbit next year.

Chairperson of the Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation Board of Directors Ms Peta Lynn Ross said: “The Juru traditional custodians of the Bowen area are very excited to be working with Gilmour Space Technologies.

“It’s incredible to think that we will, through this partnership, contribute to future space-based solutions that not only benefit our people, but Australia as a whole.

“Innovation is a must in order to enrich living conditions for all, and this Aussie partnership will be the first step in demonstrating how such advancements can positively impact society.

“Watch this space!”

Head of Launch Operations at Gilmour Space James Gilmour said cultural heritage was an important element of the Bowen Orbital Spaceport.

“We’re looking forward to launching Australia to space from Juru land in Queensland, with support from the Juru people.”

Gilmour Space is targeting a first launch from the Abbot Point site by mid 2022, and has a number of applications under review by the relevant authorities.

Picture: Gilmour Space Technologies

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