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Gilmour Space lands $15 million from the Australian government for Defence surveillance satellites

- May 9, 2022 2 MIN READ

The federal government has awarded Queensland rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies $15 million to develop and launch a new sovereign surveillance satellite as part of a $7 billion ramping up of the nation’s space capabilities. Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the partnership with the Gold Coast tech company is part of the government’s Space Command,… Read more »

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Perth microsatellite startup LatConnect 60 is heading to orbit with Gilmour Space

- April 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Perth-based startup LatConnect 60 (LC60), an Earth observation and data fusion company, is partnering with Queensland rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies, in a project to to build and launch the first microsatellite in a planned high-resolution hyperspectral imaging constellation. LC60 CEO and founder Venkat Pillay, and Gilmour Space’s Adam Gilmour announced the deal at the… Read more »

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Gilmour Space lands $52 million grant to ramp up Queensland’s rocket launching ambitions

- March 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

Gold Coast-based Gilmour Space Technologies has received a $52 million grant from the federal government for its collaborative project bringing together more than 30 local space tech startups, and universities. The Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN) was awarded Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMIC) grant for the development of sovereign space capabilities in Australia. The grant… Read more »

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If Australia wants a space industry, then it can’t do it on the cheap by not investing in research

- March 23, 2022 4 MIN READ

In the past few years, Australia has formed its own space agency and launched a defence “space command”. Billions of dollars for defence, and hundreds of millions for civilian space, have been allocated from the public purse to develop capability in this growing sector. This funding covers the Moon-to-Mars Program, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre,… Read more »

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Adelaide’s $66 million Space Manufacturing Hub lands $20m federal grant

- March 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Australian Government has backed plans to build a $66 million Adelaide-based manufacturing hub for the space industry with a $20 million grant towards the project. The Space Manufacturing Hub, first revealed last December, is a collaboration between the South Australian government and four local startups: nano-satellite maker Fleet Space Technologies, quantum technologies developer Q-CTRL and… Read more »

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How Victorian high school students are leading an experiment on space-made yoghurt

- February 17, 2022 4 MIN READ

It’s probably no surprise that keeping healthy in space is incredibly important. And without the typical resources found on Earth, creative solutions have to be explored. Right now, some excited Year 10 and 11 students from around Victoria are waiting with anticipation as their space-made yoghurt – fresh off the International Space Station (ISS) –… Read more »

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Adelaide will be home to a new manufacturing hub for spacetech companies

- December 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new manufacturing hub for space technology companies is being established in Adelaide. The South Australian government is partnering with four local startups, on the purpose-built facility, the Australian Space Park, to develop the project with a focus on collaboration and production of small satellites and their payloads, rockets, electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles… Read more »

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The race for private space stations is underway. Here’s what ‘Space 4.0’ could look like

- December 6, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new era of space stations is about to kick off. NASA has announced three commercial space station proposals for development, joining an earlier proposal by Axiom Space. These proposals are the first attempts to create places for humans to live and work in space outside the framework of government space agencies. They’re part of… Read more »

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Nanosatellite startup Fleet Space raises $36 million series B

- November 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Adelaide satellite startup Fleet Space Technologies has raised US$26.4m (A$36m) in a series B. The round was led by existing backers Artesian Venture Partners, Blackbird Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures, and Horizons Ventures – the private investment arm of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing – with new investors including Alumni Ventures, Hostplus, the South Australian… Read more »

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The International Space Station just had a near miss with space junk – and the problem is getting millions of times worse

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11. Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters… Read more »