Exail.comThe Australian Space Agency, under its Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants scheme, has funded the development of an Australian aerospace grade Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver for use in various aerospace applications such as rockets, satellites, and aircraft.

Queensland-based Gilmour Space Technologies, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), will co-develop the GNSS receiver using an Australian supply chain, and qualify it for use across a wide range of position, navigation and timing applications for civil, commercial and defence customers.

“With the future becoming less certain, we’re thankful that Australia is investing into the sovereign development of exactly these types of fundamental capabilities. If we could use more Australian-made avionics in our launch vehicles and spacecraft, we would,” said Kody Cook, Head of Software, Electrical, GNC & Avionics at Gilmour Space.

Professor Andrew Dempster, Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW, said: “I’ve followed Gilmour Space from the beginning, and it’s a fantastic development for us to work with them on this exciting project.”

The GNSS receiver will be based on proven technology from UNSW, benefiting from Gilmour’s advanced space manufacturing expertise and commercialisation efforts.


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    • That’s JP9102 with Lockheed Martin building some communications satellites for us that will go into geosynchronous orbit later this year. There was a separate commercial / science project to construct 4 Australian earth observation satellites – which clearly have a military use – but last year the government in an extraordinarily stupid decision cancelled that entire $1.3 billion program.


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