Space cen­tre names chief ex­ec­u­tive


A for­mer United States Marine Corps he­li­copter pilot has been named the chief ex­ec­u­tive of a new space cen­tre based in Cen­tral Otago.

The Cen­tre for Space Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy an­nounced on Mon­day that Steve Cot­ter would take up the role.

Cot­ter has a wide-rang­ing re­sume in­clud­ing work­ing as a he­li­copter pilot, a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer and man­ager and run­ning sci­ence-based and shared re­search in­sti­tu­tions.

His most re­cent role was in the Nether­lands as chief ex­ec­u­tive of pan-Euro­pean re­search and ed­u­ca­tion net­work GE´ANT, and be­fore that as The Kiwi Ad­vanced Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work chief ex­ec­u­tive in Welling­ton.

The cen­tre head of­fice opened in Alexan­dra on Mon­day, with skele­ton staff in place. The es­tab­lish­ment phase of­fi­cially con­cluded on June 30.

Cot­ter is ex­pected to move to Alexan­dra in early Au­gust af­ter which ad­di­tional staff would be em­ployed.

The $14.7 mil­lion space cen­tre in Alexan­dra was part of a gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to boost re­gional economies through­out the coun­try.

Main im­age: Olivia Geneblaza, Anika Smith, Holly Parkes, Marnie Crichton, Ta­mara Hansen, teacher Anna Smyth and Z’s Natalie Nea­son. In­set: Ash­leigh Smith.

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