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Australia’s ELA Hires Ex-RAAF Officer Joshua Daish to Lead Arnhem Space Center

By Mark Holmes | June 6, 2024

Joshua Daish, photo by ELA

Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), a spaceport operator and launch technology infrastructure company, has hired Joshua Daish, as its new Head of Arnhem Space Center site operations. Daish will also take up the Launch Operations Manager role in ELA’s launch operations team. Working closely with ELA’s CEO and within the leadership team, the role supports the company’s remit to further grow the spaceport into a world-class multi-user commercial launch facility. The new role will also be responsible for overseeing the development, preparation, and execution of spaceport activities in support of launch campaigns. ELA made the announcement, June 5.

Arnhem Space Centre, which is located in Australia’s Northern Territory, is at 12 degrees south of the equator, and it aims to offer rocket companies and their payload customers multiple orbit options, operational freedom and simplicity for their launch and mission design. ELA aims to become a pre-eminent multi-user commercial space launch company providing testing, launch and recovery of space vehicles and payloads flown to and from all space orbits.

“Joshua’s skills and knowledge of space, range and launch operations, as well as his 18 years of Royal Australian Air Force employment across multiple disciplines strengthens ELA’s executive talent by bringing additional operational aerospace expertise to the team as well as a deep understanding of space, aviation, safety management, and a broad technical base,” Michael Jones, Group CEO, ELA said in a statement.