Defence partners with Gold Coast space company to develop new space technologies

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Defence has inked a new strategic agreement with Gold Coast company Gilmour Space Technologies to work together on developing new defence-related technologies space technologies.

The new partnership will research propulsion, materials and avionics technologies, to help develop a three-stage hybrid rocket that will launch small payloads and satellites.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds the collaboration with one of Australia’s leading hybrid rocket launch provider demonstrates the Government’s commitment to innovation and supporting Australian defence industry.

“Technology advances have allowed rocket systems and launch service providers to offer access to space at a greatly reduced cost and infrastructure footprint,” Minister Reynolds added.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the agreement would pave the way 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 is 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.

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