The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a Waratah Seed partner, recently announced that UTS Tech Lab has been chosen for the research, development, prototyping and testing of satellite systems for the new Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub, a joint venture between EOS and Nova Systems. Final assembly, integration and test will be undertaken at a new facility to be constructed at South Jerrabomberra, NSW.
The Australian Satellite Manufacturing Hub joint venture received just over $20 million each in funding from the Federal and NSW State Governments and will also partner with Gilmour Space for a total funding pool of over $70 million.
The 13,000m2 UTS Tech Lab was launched in September 2018 to provide a research and development hub for industry-led collaboration in new technology, engineering and digital transformation. UTS will be installing a clean room and a new shake table in the Tech Lab, part of the structural vibration test facility which can be used for vibrational testing CubeSats and SmallSats.
Roger Kermode, UTS Director of Business Development and Waratah Seed Council member, said;
“Space is a critical component for the economy and for national security. UTS is committed to providing facilities, capabilities and access to researchers needed to augment and accelerate the Australian space ecosystem ability to help industry translate research into real world outcomes.”
UTS Tech Lab is already equipped with Australia’s largest electromagnetic informatics and antenna chamber as well as dedicated labs for photonics and optical prototyping and sensing, material testing, geotechnical and electrical labs, and data analytics, networking and communications facilities.
UTS also received a NSW Space Research Network Pilot Program grant for $141,171 to research and develop advanced micro lattice thermal meta materials, to find more efficient ways to dissipate heat generated from edge computer GPS’s on board smaller satellites. Waratah Seed Payload Competition winners Spiral Blue are Industry Partners on the project, which is led by UTS with partners University of Sydney and Western Sydney.
Collaborators on the project are Zhen (Jeff) Luo, Nick Bennet, Lee (Mickey) Clemon, Xiaofeng Wu, Iver Cairns, Sarah Zhang and Richard Yang.
Roger Kermode is currently the Faculty Director of Business Development at UTS Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, a member of the Waratah Seed Council, and a Board member of the SmartSat CRC.
He has a background as an Industry Professor and Consultant in businesses development, research commercialisation and early-stage business development having held senior roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola and Prime Media Group.
Roger is experienced at assisting organisations to solve problems involving technology advances, and to bring clarity and solutions to complex problems.
UTS are partners in the Waratah Seed mission.