Gilmour Space to launch Fleet satellites in 2023
by Staff Writers
Gold Coast, Australia (SPX) Mar 31, 2021
Two of Australia's New Space pioneers - Queensland-based 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," said Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmour Space, which is tracking to launch its first commercial payloads to orbit next year.
"It is a great example of how homegrown space companies are scaling and partnering to meet the world's growing demand for innovative small satellite applications and affordable launch," he said.
"This launch is going to involve an Australian-built payload in an Australian-built satellite, on an Australian-built rocket," added Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of Fleet Space, which is building a global digital nervous system to power the next industrial revolution.
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," she added. "We are building a strong portfolio of launch service partners, and we are very excited to have Gilmour Space as one of them."
Commercialising Space, Down Under
Said Blackbird partner, Rick Baker: "Gilmour and Fleet are leading the way forward through great technology and big ambitions. We've been impressed with both companies' traction and see this partnership as a milestone for the maturing space industry in Australia. It's fantastic to see leaders like Adam and Flavia joining forces to scale further and raise our collective ambition."
ESA boost for UK space transportation initiatives
Paris (ESA) Mar 26, 2021
As part of its Boost! programme, ESA has signed two new contracts which support UK-based Orbex and Skyrora in their separate proposals for new commercial launch services for small satellites. These services are set to start in the UK from 2022. ESA has awarded 7.45m euro of co-funding to Orbex and its partners, and 3m euro to Skyrora. Boost! - ESA's Commercial Space Transportation Services and support to Member States programme provides co-funding, tailored expert advice and the use of testi ... read more
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