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Gilmour Space Technologies — leading the new space race, credit: Gilmour Space Technologies

Founded by two brothers in 2013, this Queensland startup is now one of Australia’s leading space companies pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies that will offer lower cost small satellite access to space.

The company has embraced many aspects of advanced manufacturing. They use advanced manufacturing for their rocket engine components. They also use precision manufacturing and complex electronics for their flight vehicle avionics system.

Supply chain continuity is critical to Gilmour Space Technologies. There are over 1,000 components that go into their launch vehicles. They want to see the vast majority of components in that vehicle manufactured in Australia.

Gilmour Space Technologies wants to be the first to launch an Australian payload into orbit, on board an Australian rocket and from an Australian launch site.

“We believe strongly Australia should have its own manufacturing base in-country and see no reason why we can’t build a supply chain in Australia that enables us to build a vehicle that takes things to space” says CEO Adam Gilmour.

The global space sector is undergoing a massive transformation. As commercial enterprises develop smaller, cheaper and more capable technology, the cost of access to space reduces.

Today, space-enabled technologies impact our everyday lives – from GPS maps on mobile phones, to images from space being used to predict weather, to providing the telecommunications links that bring us together.

The Australian Government has set a target to triple the size of Australia’s space sector to $12 billion per year and create up to another 20,000 jobs by 2030. The Australian Space Agency has been tasked to lead this effort.

Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028 sets a clear path to take the space sector into the next decade and beyond. It includes seven priority areas, from robotics and automation, earth observation through to access to space, which is seeing exciting businesses emerge and grow across Australia.

Growth in Australia’s space sector supports capability across the economy. Space-related advanced manufacturing and its supply chain is driving development of new skills and experience that that are globally relevant and that can be applied to other projects, helping to boost Australia’s competitiveness and productivity.