Following the launch of a nationwide “Call for Innovation” in February, seeking SMEs and academia from the Australian aerospace sector to submit proposals in key technology areas, Airbus says it has received an 'overwhelming level of interest' from the local industry.
The first phase of the innovation call concluded with a total of 82 submissions, spanning areas such as new space, spacecraft electrical systems, quantum technologies, cyber security, prognostics, and real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
31 pitches have been shortlisted for the next phase, where Airbus plans to engage in deeper discussions with the participating companies on their proposals.
“We are very encouraged by the strong level of interest from the Australian industry," Sascha Hapke, Head of Australasia for Airbus Defence and Space, said. "These submissions are testament to the extensive innovation and research capabilities in the Pacific region, with many great proposals coming from various states and territories in Australia and New Zealand.”
“This open innovation drive is an important step to initiate deeper exchanges with the Australian stakeholders, as we endeavour to develop a sustainable sovereign space and defence ecosystem."
In 2020, Airbus formed Team Maier in response to the JP9102 program.