Australia’s new space industry is leveraging on new advanced manufacturing capabilities to launch Australia to space.
QUEENSLAND, 3 October 2019 — Gilmour Space Technologies, a leading venture-funded rocket company in Queensland, has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with Titomic Limited (ASX: TTT), an industrial-scale additive manufacturing company in Victoria, to explore the use of new 3D printed materials for the production of high-performance rocket and space components.
“Gilmour Space is developing new launch vehicles to support today’s global small satellite market, and this partnership could see us leveraging on Titomic's innovative manufacturing processes to produce lighter and stronger components for our orbital launch vehicles,” said the company’s co-founder and chief operating officer, James Gilmour.
“I am excited to get started on our joint tech-development program. Between the Gilmour Space focus on launch economics and the scale and quality performance of Titomic Kinetic Fusion capabilities, I am expecting significant implications for the launch vehicle community,” said Titomic’s chief technology officer, Nathanael Miller.
Indeed, additive manufacturing is fast becoming an enabling technology for many innovative space companies like Gilmour Space, which reportedly test-launched one of the world’s first rockets using 3D printed rocket fuel in 2016. The news also comes after an announcement by the federal government that Australia would be committing $150 million over five years to support the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)‘s missions to the moon and beyond.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with innovative companies like Titomic to help build a world-class space supply chain here in Australia, in line with the Australian Space Agency’s strategy and goals,” said Mr Gilmour.
“Gilmour Space and Titomic share a commercially strategic vision to deliver unique, advanced technologies which will ensure growth of the Australian space eco-system,” added Jeff Lang, managing director of Titomic. “Their plans for lower-cost access for launch satellites into space using affordable, high-performance rockets, combined with Titomic’s industrial scale additive manufacturing capability of super alloys from our Melbourne Bureau will help to realise this goal.”
GILMOUR SPACE TECHNOLOGIES is a private Australian rocket company that is developing new capabilities for launching small satellites into Low Earth Orbits. Founded by two brothers, this Queensland-based startup is now one of Australia’s leading space companies, pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies that will accelerate humanity’s access to ‘All Orbits, All Planets’. Find out more at http://abizathai.com/about.
TITOMIC LIMITED was incorporated in 2014 to commercialise a new solid-state metal additive manufacturing technology, developed by the CSIRO, known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion® (TKF). The technology enables both manufacturing of large-size metal parts and high-volume production of complex-shaped parts of dissimilar metals. With a current capability at Titomic’s Melbourne Bureau to manufacture Titanium and other metal parts of up to 9mt long and 3mt wide, the TKF technology is currently the only metal additive manufacturing process (3D Printing) capable of manufacturing rockets in a single piece as well as other space components.
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