- Parabolic Arc
- November 29, 2023
Gilmour Space Offers Tech Demo Satellite Mission from Australia in 2024
HELENSVALE, Australia, October 24, 2022 (Gilmour Space PR) — Australian rocket and satellite builder, Gilmour Space Technologies, is offering a new rideshare mission into Low Earth Orbit — this time, on one of its G-class satellite buses (or G-Sat) scheduled to be launched in late 2024.
“We’re calling this our Kangaroo-1 mission, and it will be capable of carrying 125U (or 125 units) of payload volume into a mid-inclination orbit,” said Shaun Kenyon, Program Manager for Satellites at Gilmour Space. 125U is roughly equivalent to the size, weight and volume of a large microwave oven.
“That is a lot of new space technologies that can be launched and tested in a single mission.”
The G-Sat is a modular 100-kilogram satellite bus or platform being developed by Gilmour Space in collaboration with Griffith University, that can host multiple payloads such as scientific instruments, thrusters, sensors, processors and other new space technologies.
“Our Kangaroo-1 mission is aimed at customers with individual or specific payloads (say, an IoT receiver or hyperspectral camera) who want to ‘leap ahead’ in rapidly proving their tech without the risks and costs of a full satellite mission,” explained Mr Kenyon.
“It will allow multiple organisations to gain flight experience, validate a business model, and develop their technology faster at a competitive price.
“Sharing a common G-Sat architecture also means that customers will be less restricted by a CubeSat volume (typically 1U to 12U), have access to more power, and that mission-level efforts and costs can be shared over many payloads,” he added.
Last month, Gilmour Space announced its first ‘Caravan’ to space, a dedicated rideshare mission on an Eris rocket that will launch from Australia in late 2024. “With this new mission, we can now say that we’ll have a ‘Kangaroo’ on board!”
About Gilmour Space
Gilmour Space Technologies (gspace.com) is Australia’s leading venture-backed space manufacturer of launch vehicles and satellite platforms. Headquartered on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the company is developing, manufacturing, and launching its Australian-made Eris rocket and G-Sat satellite platforms to orbit, providing affordable space access to global customers.
Since starting its rocket program in 2015, Gilmour Space has pioneered a new space ecosystem for commercial launch in Australia. The company is proud to be backed by some of the country’s biggest investors, including venture capital firms Blackbird and Main Sequence, the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), superannuation funds HESTA, Hostplus and NGS Super; and international investors such as Fine Structure Ventures and 500 Startups.