Inovor and ANU to develop satellite communications systems

Satellite manufacturer Inovor Technologies and the Australian National University have come together as part of the iLaunch Trailblazer project to develop resilient radio links to ground stations and for inter-satellite communication. The project will develop and qualify a satellite-based Software Defined Radio for an on orbit demonstration of capability. Satellites rely on radio systems to…

Space Machines’ Optimus satellite launched on SpaceX rocket

Satellite manufacturer Space Machines Company has announced the successful launch this morning of Optimus, Australia’s largest-ever private satellite and the company’s first Orbital Servicing Vehicle (OSV). The foundation of the company’s future in-orbit satellite servicing opereations was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket during the Transporter-10 mission. Following…

Bogong satellite thruster tested in space

Boswell Technologies, satellite operator Skykraft and the Space Plasma, Power, and Propulsion (SP3) group at the Australian National University have successfully conducted a series of in-orbit tests of the novel Bogong satellite thruster. Two of the Bogong Thrusters have been launched into space aboard Skykraft satellites, with in-orbit testing successfully completed in November 2023 using…

QuantX Labs’ optical atomic clock heads into space

Precision timing and quantum sensor manufacturer QuantX Labs has joined with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) through Airbus Australia, to bolster their space knowledge and skillsets as they propel Australian quantum technology into space. QuantX Labs, known for flagship Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator Cryoclock, is poised to take quantum advancements to new heights through its KAIROS…

Lockheed announces senior appointment, new offices for major defence satellite project

Lockheed Martin Australia has announced Toni-Anne Munn as Deputy Program Director for JP9102, the multi-billion-dollar military satellite communications project that LMA was named preferred bidder on in April. According to a statement on Monday, the new role would “facilitate further growth in the region” as LMA prepares for the project’s execution phase. The company added…