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Satellite receiver to be developed for Moon to Mars

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The Australian Space Agency has funded the development of an Australian aerospace grade Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver.

The receiver, funded under its Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants scheme, is destined 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 its Australian supply chain.

The receiver will then be qualified for use across a wide range of position, navigation and timing applications for civil, commercial and defence customers.

Head of Software, Electrical, GNC & Avionics at Gilmour Space Kody Cook said: “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.”

Professor Andrew Dempster, Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW, said it was a fantastic development to work with Gilmour Space on the project.

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

Picture: Gilmour Space Technologies

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