Queensland rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies, and South Australian nanosatellite manufacturer for the Internet of Things (IoT), Fleet Space Technologies, are joining forces to launch small satellites to orbit.
“We have signed a contract to launch six Fleet Space Centauri nanosatellites on our Eris rockets in 2023,” Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space, said. “This is a great example of how Australian space companies are scaling and partnering to compete in the global space market.”
“This launch is going to involve an Australian-built payload in an Australian-built satellite, on an Australian-built rocket,” Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of Fleet Space, said.
Fleet Space launched Australia’s first commercial nanosatellites in 2018 – and its fifth just last week – with their technology already transforming critical industries from energy and utilities to mining.
“Today’s announcement is the beginning of an ongoing launch service relationship as we work towards our planned constellation of 140 satellites,” Tata Nardini added. “We are building a strong portfolio of launch service partners, and we are very excited to have Gilmour Space as one of them.”
The news follows the release of the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy and Space National Manufacturing Priority Roadmap, which seeks to develop sovereign capabilities in space manufacturing, including satellites and launch vehicles.
“As a country, we are highly reliant on space technologies from other nations and it’s time to realise that we can have critical sovereign capabilities in satellite development and launch here in Australia,” Tata Nardini said.
“Covid has shown how important it is to have access and control over the technology that we rely on. Sovereign satellite and launch capability will allow us to protect our assets in space and our way of life," Gilmour added.