Gilmour Space Technologies Will Deploy 6 Small Satellites for Fleet Space19th Apr 2021
Two Australia-based companies, Gilmour Space Technologies and Fleet Space Technologies, join forces to deploy several small satellites into orbit in 2023. The partnership of Queensland rocket manufacturer Gilmour and South Australian nano-satellite maker Fleet Space opens up new opportunities for the Australian space industry.
Gilmour Space Technologies to Deploy Small Satellites
The newly signed contract implies that Gilmour Space Technologies will use its Eris rocket, currently in development, to deploy six small satellites produced by Fleet Space Technologies. The total network should include 140 small satellites.
According to Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space CEO, this will be an exciting event for the Australian space industry because the launch will involve Australian-made small satellites deployed with an Australian-built rocket. This should serve as an example of the country’s space potential.
Gilmour Space Technologies CEO Adam Gilmour shares similar opinions. He adds that the latest agreement clearly shows that local companies are ready to scale, grow, and make new partnerships with their Australian space colleagues. Such collaboration is essential if Australian companies want to meet the demand of the constantly growing aerospace market and offer competitive launch advantages to key international players.
Australian space industry does seem to be making rapid steps forward. Just recently, the country uncovered its intention to create an Australian Space Discovery Centre in Adelaide. The facility will offer interactive space exhibits for anyone interested in an aerospace career.
According to Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, space is not just about rockets. Today, it is about weather and natural disaster monitoring, communications, and much more. And human talent is crucial in that, so getting the young interested in space should pay off in the long run.
Enrico Palermo, head of the Australian Space Agency, adds they are developing critical flight and engineering infrastructure. The newly announced Space Centre will also work as a mission control hub for aerospace startups and research institutions.
So, it looks like Gilmour Space Technologies and Fleet Space, with their constellation of small satellites, could become Australian space pioneers pushing the entire country forward.