Defence, Gilmour Space partner on rocket technologies

Gilmour Space Technologies and Defence Science and Technology have announced an agreement to work together, with this  potentially leading to dozens of new jobs this year.


According to a statement from the federal government, the research would include “defence-related technologies including propulsion, materials and avionics technologies, to help develop a three-stage hybrid rocket that will launch small payloads and satellites.”


This would potentially increase work undertaken locally on manufacturing rocket systems and components, according to the announcement, which “with further investment, could create up to 50 additional jobs by the end of the year.”


Gilmour Space is a Gold Coast-based maker of rockets, aiming to offer low-cost launches into low earth orbit for small satellite companies and researchers. It was established in 2013.


Co-founder Adam Gilmour said that his company was likely to expand significantly on its way to offering launches


“We are in a factory now, it is good for about 50 to 60 people, but if it all goes well we are going to need 500, so we are going to have to move into a significantly bigger factory,” Gilmour told the ABC.


“You can’t build a rocket with a few people, you need a whole lot of people — it is a big vehicle, it is complicated and you need a lot of highly skilled and specialist people and that is what we are going to attract.”


Earlier this year, Gilmour announced two projects, one a CRC-P and the other supported by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, to develop composite cryotanks for holding liquid oxygen.


Picture: Gilmour Space Technologies


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