From the GC to Mars: Morrison Government launches Gold Coast Company Gilmour Space into NASA Moon to Mars initiative
The Morrison Government is supporting a local Gold Coast company to tap into international space supply chains and create new world-leading Australian jobs as part of the $150 million Moon to Mars initiative.
Gilmour Space Technologies, located in Helensvale, will receive $1 million under the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants program to develop, design and manufacture composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) for the aerospace industry.
COPVs are used at NASA to contain high-pressure fluids in propulsion, science experiments and life support applications. COPVs have a significant weight advantage over all-metal vessels; but, as compared to all-metal vessels, COPVs require unique design, manufacturing, and test requirements.
Acting Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Angus Taylor said the grants will strengthen Australia’s space manufacturing base, while also boosting the economy and creating new high-skilled jobs.
‘The space sector is one of our six National Manufacturing Priorities and these grants directly contribute to building the skills and capabilities of Australian space businesses so they can scale up their operations and become competitive in global markets,’ Minister Taylor said.
‘The grants also provide a tangible opportunity for the Australian businesses to support the transformation of our space industry and contribute to projects that will support NASA’s Moon to Mars program.’
Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert welcomed the funding for Gilmour Space Technologies saying it once again demonstrated the Gold Coast company’s world-leading status in developing space technologies.
‘This will mean more high quality jobs here on the Gold Coast—Gilmour Space will be recruiting new staff, purchasing new manufacturing equipment and finalising the development of their COPVs in collaboration with Griffith University, ensuring research into optimum industrial manufacturing processes is conducted throughout the project.’
‘This project is a great example of the cutting-edge innovation and ingenuity that exists here in our Gold Coast community and I congratulate Gilmour Space Technologies for their work on such an outstanding project,’ Mr Robert said.
Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo said these projects again demonstrate the incredible opportunities that are present at the intersection of space and manufacturing.
‘Space and manufacturing go hand-in-hand and these projects are leveraging that relationship to drive economic growth and create jobs here in Australia,’ Mr Palermo said.
‘With this support, these Australian companies will be able to expand their capability and tap into new supply chains around the world – which adds up to opportunities here at home.’
The $150 million Moon to Mars initiative is part of over $700 million being invested by the Morrison Government into the Australian civil space sector towards the goal of tripling the sector’s size to
$12 billion and creating up to an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030.
The Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement program offers grants between $250,000 and $1 million, with applications open until 1 May 2023.
To apply for a grant and for more information, visit: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/moon-to-mars-supply-chain-capability-improvement-grants/grant-recipients