Ben Kaebe

Spaceport builder

Dr Ben Kaebe, an engineer, physicist and data scientist, currently serves as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. Originally hailing from Germany, Ben’s journey in the world of engineering began as a Mechanical Design Engineer specializing in fluid mechanics within the field of ventricular assist systems. His expertise expanded as he transitioned to tutoring in fluid mechanics, aerospace, therm-fluids, hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering.

Ben’s academic pursuits led him to complete his doctorate at UNSW Canberra. In 2018, he made the move to Perth, where he assumed the role of a Research Associate in quantum physics at UWA. His career path took a significant turn when he joined Fugro, where he played a pivotal role in overseeing the Australian Space Agency’s contract to develop the Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC) in Western Australia.

Currently, Ben is dedicated to a ground-breaking endeavour, working towards the establishment of one of the world’s first near-equatorial spaceports in Western Australia. His passion for science and space extends beyond his professional work. In collaboration with his brother, he runs Econauts, an engaging YouTube show that delves into discussions about science and technology, with a particular focus on the realm of space. Ben Kaebe’s multifaceted career reflects his commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and making it accessible to the public.