Australian launch services company Gilmour Space Technologies has become the newest member of the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium.
Gilmour Space has more than 85 employees, by which measure it is the largest Australian manufacturer of orbital launch vehicles. The company specialises in developing hybrid propulsion technologies.
Earlier this year, Gilmour Space secured $61 million from global investors in what was billed as the largest private equity investment raised by a space company in Australia.
The company plans to launch its first orbital rocket, Eris, into low-Earth orbit in 2022. It also aims to boost its manufacturing capability for rockets and satellites, and to work on the development of a commercial spaceport at Abbott Point in north Queensland.
“We look forward to launching many of the exciting technologies being developed by our partners at AROSE,” said Gilmour Space CEO, Adam Gilmour.
“There’s no doubt that remote operations will be necessary for space exploration, and the ability to communicate with and control systems over vast distances could also have some very interesting applications on Earth.”
“We are thrilled that Gilmour Space has joined AROSE, bringing crucial launch services to the consortium that round out our Space sector supply chain capabilities,” added AROSE CEO, Leanne Cunnold.
“Companies will now have the option of an affordable, reliable and Australian service provider to launch their satellites, rockets and payloads into orbit and space.”
In other AROSE news, Michelle Keegan has been appointed to the role of Program Director.
Keegan brings more than 20 years of mining industry experience to the role, most recently as Program Director Technology Development and leader of the Next Generation Mine Innovation Program, with South 32.
“It’s very exciting to be joining AROSE and have the opportunity to work across both Earth and Space-based projects — all from Perth,” said Keegan.
“I am delighted to welcome Michelle to the AROSE team at this critical point in our growth, as we embark on programs ranging from Remote Operations and Space tech solutions for mining and health companies in Western Australia, to a pilot concept for a Lunar construction rover to support NASA’s missions to the Moon and Mars,” said Cunnold.
Cunnold acknowledged Goldrick Executive for its support in recruiting for the Program Director role, and the WA state government for its funding support in establishing the Perth head office of AROSE, through the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
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