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Media Release | 17th December 2018
Capricorn Space

Capricorn Space is pleased to announce that the first site in its Australian Ground Network
(AGN) is now under development. Civil works at the Western Australian site near Geraldton
commenced on 3rd December 2018 with a formal Ground Breaking Ceremony being conducted
on 7th December 2018.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was attended by a number of local and regional dignitaries
and commenced with a Welcome to Country acknowledgement of the Wattandee people and
the paying of respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

CEO Mark Thompson commented: “Celebrating the turning the first soil at our site represents
a major milestone in what has been an extraordinary first year for Capricorn Space.
Our company started operation with a blank slate early in 2018 and since then have received
our ACMA licenses, secured land in the west of Australia, obtained local Council Development
Approval and commenced initial site works at our site at Mingenew in Western Australia
(Australian Ground Network – West). With the site works completed we now enter the
construction phase with an in-service date for the first two antennas of mid-2019.”
Once operational this site will support the satellite industry by providing Ground Segment as
a Service
at a strategically important location in the southern hemisphere with the attraction
of improving time to market for many time sensitive applications.

The development of the AGN-West by Capricorn Space will assist to further Western Australia
as a centre for space excellence and increase Australia’s standing within the international
space community.

CEO Mark Thompson further added: “Capricorn Space is actively engaging local contractors
and will seek additional personnel as we transition to our operational phase. In parallel with
the development of the site we have also selected and contracted an infrastructure partner
for the supply of the first S/X-Band antenna systems and are negotiating with a number of
third parties to host additional antennas at our AGN-W site. Further announcements on these
activities will be made early in the new year.”

Is the concept of "Ground Segment as a Service" a new one?
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going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.