Defence and Gold Coast company Gilmour Space Technologies have joined forces to work together on space technologies under a new strategic agreement.
FILE PHOTO: Gilmour Space Technologies.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said “The leading hybrid rocket launch provider” was developing lower-cost, reliable and dedicated rockets to launch small satellites into low earth orbits.
“This new partnership between Defence Science and Technology and Gilmour Space will research defence-related technologies including propulsion, materials and avionics technologies, to help develop a three-stage hybrid rocket that will launch small payloads and satellites,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Technology advances have allowed rocket systems and launch-service providers to offer access to space at a greatly reduced cost and infrastructure footprint.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the agreement would open the door for Australian space companies to provide space capabilities to Australia’s defence force and commercial customers.
“Recent advancements in the capabilities of micro and nano-satellites, small satellite constellations and additive manufacturing present a unique opportunity for Defence and Australian industry,” Minister Price said.
Member for Fadden, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said there was potential for more local work as a result of Defence’s strategic agreement with Gilmour Space.
“Gilmour Space Technologies hopes to leverage their work with Defence to undertake more onshore manufacturing of rocket systems and components which, with further investment, could create up to 50 additional jobs by the end of the year,” Minister Robert said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All the very best of luck to Gilmour Space Technologies – but, how can they be called “The leading hybrid rocket launch provider” when they haven’t successfully fired a launch vehicle yet? Or is that just ministerial hyperbole?
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