Work on the initial research of the Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Sensor System (MOESS) project has commenced.
The research aims to develop a proof of concept of a reprogrammable, multipurpose electronic warfare sensor system for integration and deployment on small satellites.
MOESS is led by DEWC Systems, funded by the Defence Innovation Partnership in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the University of SA, Flinders University and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group. DEWC Systems held the contract signing event for the project last month.
The proof of concept is set to be completed by mid-2019, allowing for immediate progress to the next stage of development.
Director of DEWC Systems Ian Spencer said he is delighted to win support to develop the technology locally.
“We’re proud to be collaborating with Defence and academia to develop Australian defence capabilities in space while helping to grow Australian Defence industry,” Spencer said.
“Collaboration is one of DEWC System’s core corporate values because we understand that by bringing the best ideas and skills together, we can make huge strides.”
“Utilising the combined depth of knowledge and skills of DEWC, academia, and DST Group, the MOESS project will work to ensure the ADF maintains capability superiority through this technologically advanced innovation project,” Managing Director of DEWC Allan Dundas said.
“It is an exciting collaborative venture and we look forward to working with a highly skilled team to deliver innovative outcomes for Defence.”
According to UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd, university collaboration with industry is at the heart of what will build an enterprise culture in SA.
“This kind of collaboration – a project that is solutions-focussed and connects the state’s academic expertise with an entrepreneurial company like DEWC Systems, to develop leading edge technologies for the defence sector – is a model for lifting economic development in the state and shows what can be achieved when our institutions work together on grand challenges,” Professor Lloyd said.
“This project is particularly exciting in that it brings together not only academia and industry to work collaboratively on cutting edge technology, but it combines key research priorities for Defence and promises to pave the way for new space sensing capabilities,” Professor Michael Webb, Director for Defence and Security at the University of Adelaide, added.