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.
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