Bailey and her classmates name nbn satellite, Sky Muster

Posted on April 12, 2015

On the 1st May nbn™ announced six-year-old Bailey Brooks from Lilla Creek station, 400km south of Alice Springs, was selected as the winner of a nationwide competition providing her with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have her artwork displayed on the side of the rocket launching a communications satellite which will be sent 36,000km into space.

Bailey and her remote classmates from School of the Air in Alice Springs also won the opportunity to name the satellite, calling it Sky Muster.

Read what nbn™ had to say in their 4th May news release.

The shining stars of Australia's tomorrow:  winners of the nbn™ Shoot For the Stars competition revealed.

Six-year-old Bailey from Alice Springs boldly goes where no Aussie student has gone before, naming the first nbn™ satellite scheduled to launch later this year and decorating the nose cone of the rocket launching it.

The mind of a young girl from the Northern Territory has been sent into a galactic spin as she was given the opportunity to etch her place in Australian history.

We’re excited to announce six-year-old Bailey Brooks from Lilla Creek station, 400km south of Alice Springs, was selected from hundreds of entries as the winner of the nationwide Shoot for the Stars competition that called on school children to illustrate how a fast broadband network will make Australia a better country.

Bailey’s drawing was carefully selected by an expert panel of judges including Jennifer Kernahan; president of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association, nbn Satellite Architect; Julia Dickinson, and beloved Australian children’s author and illustrator; Morris Gleitzman.

Overwhelmed by the number of clever, cheeky and wildly imaginative artworks, the Shoot for the Stars judges were blown away by the quality of illustrations and after much deliberation narrowed down the entries to one national winner and eight state winners.

As well as having her image printed onto the rocket, Bailey and her remote classmates from School of the Air in Alice Springs also won the opportunity to name the satellite, calling it Sky Muster. Referring to the gathering of cattle, the name captures how the satellite will help ‘round-up’ and connect Australians together.

Schooled remotely over satellite internet, Bailey says, “I felt special when I found out I won. My drawing is me with a satellite dish on my house and all the stars in the sky. The satellite helps me and my friends do our school work.”

The judges were thrilled with each of the State winners, selecting an eclectic mix of Indigenous, innovative and optimistic ideas. The state winners are:

Heidi Cook, 11, TAS

Isaiah McManus, 12, WA

Thaineo Champtaprieo, 5, ACT

McKenzie O’Connor, 10, NSW

Kayla Feldman, 8, VIC

Haley Michos, 5, SA

Amelia Ryan, 7, QLD

Bailey Brooks, 6, NT

Sky Muster will be the first of two satellites which nbn™ will send into space, with the launch currently scheduled within the next year – it will play a crucial part in levelling the playing field between city and bush by helping to deliver fast broadband services to around 400,000 Australian homes and businesses.