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IET Milsatcoms Online: 9-12 March 2021

Gilmour Space and Northrop Grumman sign MoU to grow sovereign capabilities in Australia

(24 November 2020 - Gilmour Space, Northrop Grumman) Gilmour Space Technologies and Northrop Grumman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the development of Australian sovereign space capabilities.

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Northrop Grumman signed a MOU with Gilmour Space Technologies to support the development of Australian sovereign space capabilities. (Pictured from left to right: Adam Gilmour, co-founder and chief executive officer, Gilmour Space Technologies, and Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia) (courtesy: Gilmour Space)

Northrop Grumman aims to lead industry support in developing Australian sovereign space capabilities to help meet the needs of defence and realise the Australian Space Agency vision,” said Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. “Our approach is consistent with the Australian government’s recently announced Modern Manufacturing Strategy, to make space hardware in Australia while securing sovereign capabilities in priority areas that includes defence and space.”

As an initial task under the MOU, Northrop Grumman will join Gilmour Space as an industry partner on a previously announced Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) to develop composite rocket tanks for low cost space transport.

The CRC-P, which includes Griffith University and Etamax Engineering, will manufacture composite tanks up to two metres in diameter and trial them in rocket flights, in an effort to reduce weight and increase reliability.

Gilmour Space CEO Adam Gilmour said the company is excited to work with Northrop Grumman on this opportunity. “It is great to gain the support of Northrop Grumman who, through this investment, have further demonstrated their commitment to grow Australian space capability.”

Northrop Grumman recently sought expressions of interest from a range of Australian and New Zealand industry members, through the Industry Capability Network Gateway Portal, which included small businesses, with the goal to identify and collaborate with industry to develop Australian space capabilities.

Northrop Grumman remains committed to enhancing its business and geographic footprint in the Commonwealth of Australia as a key contributor to the Australian Space industry. The company has a strong customer base in Australia where it has been supporting numerous defence and civil programs for more than 20 years.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defence and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

About Gilmour Space

Recently named Australia’s ‘Launch Business of the Year’ and ‘Business of the Year - SME’ at the inaugural Australian Space Awards 2020, Gilmour Space Technologies is developing affordable and reliable rockets that will launch small satellites into low earth orbits from 2022.