Competition for kids to decorate NBN's first satellite

HEY kids! Are you drawn to science and engineering?

Your vision could soon be rocketing above the equator thanks to an out-of-this-world art competition.

The National Broadband Network's Shoot for the Stars competition is giving five to 12-year-olds the chance to decorate the nose cone of a rocket which will launch its first satellite into space.

The winner and their school will also get to name the satellite.

NBN Co has completed building 10 satellite ground stations, which will deliver high-speed internet services.

Two satellites will be launched into space this year from French Guiana and they will orbit above the equator.

NBN Co satellite architect Julia Dickinson said the satellites would help close the digital divide between regional and metropolitan areas.

"With no access to any other form of commercial broadband service, some rural and regional Australians are still using dial-up internet," she said.

"The NBN is designed to provide access to minimum download speeds which could be up to 100 times faster than what they are experiencing now," she said.

To enter Shoot for the Stars visit