Scott Wallis

Founder, Equatorial Launch Australia, Arnhem Space Centre

2023 ACT Australian of the Year Nominee

Scott Wallis has spent the past decade working with NASA, the NT Government and local Indigenous people to establish Australia’s first commercial spaceport.

After a successful career with the Australian Department of Defence, Scott founded Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), the developer, owner and operator of the Arnhem Space Centre.

His vision was and is to rejuvenate Australia’s space industry while working together with Australia’s Indigenous people.

Scott joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1978 and advanced to its senior ranks. His career includes international postings to the USA and UK, and in March he won a Lifetime Achievement award from the Australian space industry.

For years it was obvious to Scott sovereign space launch would foster space exploration and position Australia at the forefront of global technology, while also enhancing national security.

In July, ELA successfully completed launching three rockets for NASA, helping astronomers measure our Milky Way galaxy.