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Caboolture could be the home of Australia's first spaceport

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida
The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida

CABOOLTURE may one day be at the centre of Australia's future aerospace industry, if entrepreneur Spaceport Australia CEO John Moody has anything to do with it.

Man Group will be manufacturing prototype parts for one of Spaceport Australia's clients, Stofiel Aerospace, who specialise in designing micro satellites.

But this is just one aspect of what Mr Moody and Man Group director Sam Hosier have in mind.

Mr Moody thinks the Man Group has what it takes to help build Australia's first ever spaceport.

"We're looking to have that operational within 18 months," he said.

Mr Hosier said his company was ready to take on the challenge of proving themselves capable of manufacturing trial rocket parts in the next two months.

"It's what we do, it's our core product delivery," he said.

It is not the first time Mr Moody has tried to get his idea of an Australian spaceport off the ground with previous attempts made in Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba last year.

But he is insistent his dream will come to fruition and said it was important to utilise Australian companies in creating a new industry, which will engage with global corporations.

"I'm going to create that industry and I'm going to make this happen," he said.

After taking a tour of Man Group's facility, Moreton Bay Central Commerce president Paul Francis was fully supportive of the idea of a spaceport.

"It's on a mammoth scale and the number of jobs this could create for our area is huge," he said.


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