Terrestrial success powering Fleet into space


Richard Roberts

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Fleet Space Technologies' Richard Rowe speaks at the Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow in Perth, Western Australia
‘We are aiming to be the first Australian technology to touch down on the surface of the Moon’

As its name suggests, Fleet Space Technologies has growth ambitions that go beyond the average SME. Two of its leaders say the Adelaide-based company is moving into rocket mode.

“Now that we have Earth nailed down … we’re thinking what we’re going to do next on the Moon,” chief scientist Gerrit Olivier said at the recent Off-Earth Mining Forum in Perth, Western Australia.

Not long after senior enterprise account executive Richard Rowe said that in only a year Fleet had completed 150 terrestrial seismic surveys on five continents with its satellite-linked ambient noise tomography (ANT) tools. Rowe joined Fleet about 18 months ago, when it was still formulating its Earth mission on the back of a series of successful commercial nanosatellite launches. He effectively didn’t have a product to sell at the time. “It’s been a wild ride, but in 12 months it’s been pretty impressive to see,” he said at the Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow.

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