Bowen will soon be the place to be for watching rockets launching into space, thanks to one of Australia's leading space companies, Gilmour Space Technologies. The venture-backed company is developing Australia's first orbital launch site, called the Bowen Orbital Spaceport, which is expected to become operational in the second half of 2023. As one of the largest space companies (and dedicated space employers) in Australia, Gilmour Space has remained committed to growing with the region. They have spent around $4 million to date in the local economy, working with local companies like Merrick’s, RTM, MELCO, Hillery Group and JEL.

Gilmour Space Tech are working closely with the local Juru community, Whitsunday Regional Council, Economic Development Queensland and North Queensland Bulk Ports (to name a few), to position Bowen as the Space Coast of Australia.

Gilmour Space Technologies ( is Australia’s leading venture-backed space manufacturer of launch vehicles and satellite platforms. Headquartered on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the company is developing, manufacturing, and launching its Australian-made Eris rocket and G-Sat satellite platforms to orbit, providing affordable space access to global customers. Since starting its rocket program in 2015, Gilmour Space has pioneered a new space ecosystem for commercial launch in Australia.

The company is proud to be backed by some of the country's biggest investors, including venture capital firms Blackbird and Main Sequence, the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), superannuation funds HESTA, Hostplus and NGS Super; and international investors such as Fine Structure Ventures and 500 Startups.

Queensland’s space race takes flight

QUEENSLAND, 15 July 2021 -- Queensland’s burgeoning space industry has received a major boost with the announcement of a significant investment by the Palaszczuk Government in Gold Coast-based Gilmour Space Technologies.