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Space tech entrepreneur joins ground segment specialist, Av-Comm Space & Defence

Space technology entrepreneur and former CEO of Clearbox Systems, Jeremy Hallett, has been appointed by Av-Comm Space and Defence to the role of Strategic Advisor to empower Av-Comm’s aspiration to support and sustain Australia’s existing ground station assets and the company’s major expansion into sovereign manufacturing of satellite ground systems.

In his 14-year career at the satellite control system integrator, Clearbox Systems, Mr Hallett led strategy and business development before taking over as CEO in 2021. He has a wealth of space industry experience to bring to his work with Av-Comm including helping found Quasar Satellite Technologies, a CSIRO spin-out company which is commercialising CSIRO’s proprietary phased array technology.

Headquartered at Brookvale, Av-Comm has a multi-decade history as a specialist ground segment hardware supplier and provider of field engineering, design and technical services for installation and sustainment, particularly for government and defence assets. As global satellite communications become more ubiquitous, AvComm is growing through strategic acquisition while also harnessing its expertise to develop Australia’s first sovereign-manufactured satellite ground system.

Av-Comm Space and Defence Managing Director Michael Cratt said: “Jeremy Hallett’s understanding of Australia’s space ecosystem, as well as his deep technical and commercial expertise, will be invaluable to our growing domestic and Pacificfocussed business”. “With its strategic acquisition of STEP Electronics, and a highly skilled workforce that has been part of Australia’s space evolution at every turn, Av-Comm Space and Defence is about to write a new chapter in its history, as a ground segment sovereign manufacturer. There couldn’t be a better time for Australia to develop this capability and stop relying on foreign made systems when we have the talent and know-how here to support our space industry,” he said.


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