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Gilmour Space Raises $15 Million from Australian Government for Defense Surveillance Satellites

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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 boost to the country’s space capabilities.

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton said the partnership with tech company Gold Coast is part of the government’s Space Command announced earlier this year.

“In line with our recently released Defense Space Strategy, Defense is closely involved with the Australian Space Agency and Australian industry to develop and deliver sovereign space surveillance and mission system capabilities,” he said.

“I am proud to announce this $15 million investment in new military space capabilities to counter threats and ensure our continued access to space-based intelligence, surveillance and exploration.”

Defense first partnered with Gilmour Space in 2020 to jointly develop defense-related space technologies, especially components of rocket motor systems.

“Since that time, we’ve been testing materials and propulsion technologies — all with a view to developing a hybrid rocket to launch payloads and small satellites.”

Secretary Dutton said Defense plans to launch a satellite prototype in partnership with Gilmour Space by mid-2023.

“This is what we can achieve if governments manage our economy well, invest in defense capabilities and support Australian industry to grow jobs now and in the future,” he said.

The Defense space strategy is Australia’s first and was joined by an audience”Space Power e-manualkey areas of focus for Australia’s defense capabilities in space.

Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space, said the government support was “a major milestone” for the company as it developed sovereign space and launch capabilities for civilian, commercial and defense customers.

“Under this deal, Gilmour Space will develop a G-class defense satellite and launch it on our Eris rocket from an Australian launch site,” he said.

“We firmly believe that such partnerships will help grow future space and defense firsts in Australia and lead to increased defense capabilities in the coming years.”

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