Macquarie University’s Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) has signed an agreement with Gilmour Space Technologies to produce new sovereign space technology, slated for launch in 2023.
Gilmour Space Technologies is a leading manufacturer of launch vehicles and satellite platforms. AAO Macquarie is renowned for its ground-based precision instrumentation for telescopes and is now branching out into non-astronomical applications in space.
As part of this new partnership with Gilmour Space, a team of technical specialists from AAO Macquarie will build and deliver a thermal camera payload.
“The payload will be integrated into a Gilmour Space satellite scheduled for launch in late 2023. Data collected from the thermal camera payload will allow exploration of a new approach to imagery data collection,” says project leader, Dr. Lee Spitler of the AAO. Macquarie.
“The agreement marks an exciting new chapter for the AAO as our team of experts can expand their skills and remit to support the growing interest in space exploration.”
“At Gilmour Space, we enjoy working with fast and innovative partners like AAO Macquarie. This will be a new Australian-made thermal space imager, which could be used for many different applications, including monitoring the quality of water, bushfire detection, weather monitoring and more,” said Shaun Kenyon, program manager for satellites at Gilmour Space.
This mission pilots an all-Australian payload sensor suite and is expected to kick off Macquarie’s entry into the ‘NewSpace’ era of agile space technology development.