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31st May 2019, Queensland

Gilmour Space and USQ to work on rocket testing

Gilmour Space and USQ to collaborate on rocket testing and research. © USQ

Gilmour Space and USQ to collaborate on rocket testing and research. © USQ

Gilmour Space Technologies, a leading Australian rocket company based on the Gold Coast, has signed a strategic agreement with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to collaborate on advanced rocket technology research, testing and STEM initiatives.

“We have some exciting projects in the pipeline with USQ,” said James Gilmour, Co-Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies. The company, which plans to launch a second test rocket next month, is developing new hybrid-propelled rockets for commercial small satellite launches beginning in 2021. “Our initial focus for this Research Partnership will be to develop space-grade filament winding capability for pressure vessels, and to explore new rocket test facilities in Queensland,” he added.

Perfect match

“This Research Partnership is a perfect match of Space related capabilities between industry and academia to develop advanced automated composite manufacturing, hypersonics, high temperature flow diagnostics, rocket fuel analysis and satellite tracking,” Professor Peter Schubel, Executive Director of USQ’s Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences.

“USQ’s unique facilities such as the long duration Hypersonic shock tunnel, solid rocket fuel manufacturing facility, composite cryotank expertise and Mt Kent observatory place USQ as a leading Space research Institute in Australia, aligned to the needs of the fast-paced Space industry.”

Local partnership

Although Gilmour Space and USQ are no stranger to collaboration in the space industry, having both engaged with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on separate projects over the years, this particular local partnership will result in innovative space research and development activities in Queensland, Australia.

“We also want to provide more pathways for bright young minds to get involved locally in the global space industry,” said Mr Gilmour. USQ and Gilmour, along with other national and international partners, are currently developing STEM related activities to encourage and train the next generation of space scientists and engineers.

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