Ireland's geographic position in the North Atlantic provides unique launch advantages.
A world leading European launch site facility in
Ireland to provide serviceable, easy, and safe
access to space for commercial satellites.
There has been an enormous increase in private investors in the space economy since the early 2000s. This market has witnessed large private investments primarily focused on the high profit potential of the launch services industry.
Small commercial satellite launch services are predicted to capture 29% of the satellite launch service market by 2024. Within this market, SUAS targets:
Ireland’s south-west coastal geography offers unobstructed launch vectors that do not cross inhabited land, making it an optimal spaceport location to launch Earth observation satellites for the in-demand Low Earth Orbit.
Ireland's close proximity to eastern and southern State Members of the European Union also places it in a position of enormous potential as a strategic commercial launch service provider for small launch vehicles.
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Our leadership team sets and achieves challenging goals, leads market growth, and inspires others to perform at the highest level.
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Rory Fitzpatrick is CEO of National Space Centre, a world-class carrier-grade commercial teleport and centre of excellence for space research. A 20-year veteran of the satellite communications industry, Rory provides strong expertise in startup success, team leadership and investor returns.
An accomplished leader and noted innovator with 42 years’ service to the Irish Defence Forces, most recently as Assistant Chief of Staff. He has also held senior Defence Forces appointments in the intelligence sector, as Director of Logistics, and as Director of Communications and Information Services. He is a graduate of Kings College London (MA), and holds post-graduate certifications in leadership, negotiations and and corporate governance.
A B.Eng (Mech) UCD graduate, Director of the IALPA Safety & Technical Committee, and qualified Aircraft Accident Investigator (IFSA Paris), Willie Butler has completed a 43-year career piloting aircraft across the Aer Lingus network. He was selected for the ESA Reserve Astronaut Panel for 1992 and 1997 Intake. As co-grantee of EU Patent 1787142 A1 he was a consultant with Prof. Gerry Lacey and his team on the TCD / Enterprise Ireland WingWatch research project.
Lynn van Broock is a well-established aerospace leader with over 20 years of experience in academic space research. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics, and earned her Master of Science (MSc) in Space Studies from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, USA. She was a Professor of Physics and Mathematical Analysis and a Senior Manager of Research & Education in the aerospace industry for almost two decades.
Bruce Hannah is a Mechanical / Software Engineer, a graduate of Strathclyde University (BEng) and University College Cork (HDip). He is an experienced Project Manager who has delivered several satellite-centred R&D contracts with ESA, academic institutions and commercial partners in Europe and worldwide. A lifelong space enthusiast, he is a Copernicus Masters winner (2016) for novel utilization of Earth Observation technology and is currently mentoring the next generation of space entrepreneurs in the EUSPA Space Academy.
Neville Murphy is a highly experienced Chartered Accountant who's practice focuses on high net worth individuals and promising start ups. He holds a degree in Finance from University College Cork. Prior to starting his own firm, Neville worked as an analyst at Santander and later as an auditor at EY.