12 October 2021
Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Proposed
EOS Proposing Development of Satellite Manufacturing Hub
An article by Ruth Harrison, Space Australia
Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and project partners Nova Systems and Gilmour Space are taking steps to expand their presence within the Australian space industry by leading the development of an Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub (ASMH). The proposal, brings together Adelaide based defence and space consulting firm, Nova Systems, Queensland based rocket manufacturer Gilmour Space Technologies and around 30 other local and international entities, is part of the Federal Governments, Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) - Collaborative Stream.
According to EOS, the collaboration aims to rapidly develop a robust sovereign space manufacturing capability. Part of the proposal includes leading European satellite manufacturer, SITAEL. The Italian company has more than 20 years of space heritage and is a specialist in the manufacture of satellites in the 75 kilogram - 300 kilogram range.
“SITAEL will accelerate and de-risk ASMH via training and technology-transfer of spacecraft design, assembly, integration and testing,” said a spokesperson for EOS.
“Space missions are complex systems that require a diverse range of manufacturing, research and development expertise. ASMH has attracted the support of more than 30 Australian manufacturers with space expertise, industry bodies, research and education institutions,” they added.