The Centre for Space Science Technology gets ministry sign-off

The CSST teams will be using CubeSats, which are miniature satellites that have opened the flood-gates to space.
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The CSST teams will be using CubeSats, which are miniature satellites that have opened the flood-gates to space.

A $14.7 million space centre, with headquarters based in Central Otago, has signed a contract with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) now has a signed contract with MBIE, following the funding announcement for the $14.7 million project in November last year.

Establishment Manager, Emma Scarlet said the CSST Establishment Team had been working with MBIE to develop the contract to formalise this funding. The contract was finalised and signed last month, she said.

"This signalled the official beginning of the implementation phase for the new regional research institute.

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"The establishment team is currently setting up governance arrangements, and getting systems and structures in place to open the doors on July 1, 2017. The head office for CSST will be in Alexandra, and in time, additional offices will be opened in Dunedin, Lincoln and New Plymouth."

CSST would run as a limited liability company, which would be owned by a charitable trust. The five initial trustees for The Space Science Technology Trust were: Bridgit Hawkins, Wellington, Tony Lepper, Alexandra, Dr Peter McComb, New Plymouth, Brian Sanders, Cromwell and David Smillie, Dunedin.

The inaugural meeting for the Board of Trustees was held in Alexandra on Wednesday.

The new trustees would immediately begin reviewing applications for the CSST Board of Directors, with interviews for these positions scheduled for late this month. Once the board of directors was in place, they would appoint the chief executive.

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