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Strategic Partner for the Resilient Multi-Mission Space STaR Shot

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Defence is seeking expressions of interest from experienced satellite mission integrators to enter into a strategic partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group to design and deliver exemplar small satellite missions.

This opportunity is part of the 'Resilient Multi-mission Space’ STaR Shot - a challenging, mission-oriented, research and development program building leap-ahead future exemplar space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

It is one of eight Science and Technology Research (STaR) missions identified under the More, together: Defence science and technology strategy 2030.

Resilient Multi-mission Space

Under the ‘Resilient Multi-mission Space’ STaR Shot, research and development will be focussed on five Science and Technology (S&T) themes:

  • Three S&T space capability themes
    • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR),
    • Non-geostationary satellite communications,
    • Space Domain Awareness (SDA),
  • Two S&T space mission themes
    • Space autonomy, and
    • Resilient space systems and concepts

The objective of the STaR Shot is to design, manufacture, launch and operate at least four exemplar small satellite (up to 200 kg) missions over a 10-year program. Each mission may include a number of satellites, and each satellite will contain a number of payloads related to one or more of the identified S&T themes.

A Strategic Partner is sought to fulfil the satellite integration requirements, including design, manufacture, integration and support to operations, in collaboration with other program partners from Defence, the SmartSat CRC, industry, universities and international networks.

The Strategic Partner will establish industry networks to support the program, and encourage the development of the Australian Space industry.

Further Information

The call for proposals is now closed.

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The call for proposals is now closed.

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