Applicant Project title Project description Grant amount (excluding GST)
Saber Astronautics Australia Pty Ltd OSSO: The Open Source Space Operations infrastructure The project will deliver open source software infrastructure for spacecraft operations. Australian small satellite developers all require software to connect satellites, payloads, and dish networks to mission control centres. Infrastructure is normally a bespoke or proprietary development and is a barrier to entry for new spacecraft teams. Open sourcing the infrastructure will allow Australians to learn lessons from each other, build on a community of success, and provide a framework for national improvement. The project’s reference mission is a $1.5 million planet hunting spacecraft from the Breakthrough Initiatives operated by Saber Astronautics’ Mission Control Centre in Sydney, and includes support to Australian made payloads in its 2022 launch. $788,792
University of Melbourne The SpIRIT (Space Industry Responsive Intelligent Thermal) CubeSat mission This project aims to grow Australian space industry capabilities through the development of an innovative nano-satellite. It involves a partnership between the University of Melbourne, Inovor Technologies, Sitael Australia, Nova Systems and Neumann Space, with support from the Italian and United Kingdom (in an advisory role) Space Agencies. SpIRIT will break new ground in high performance autonomous operations, communications, propulsion and thermal management, and be the first Australian-made spacecraft to host a foreign space agency payload, showcasing the competitiveness of Australia's nano-satellite R&D and advanced manufacturing. The project will demonstrate the viability of Australian products in the global supply chain of satellite components, give hands-on training to grow a highly capable space-sector workforce, and inspire the public. $3,955,223
University of Canberra VertiSense-Mitigation of Sensorimotor Effects Of Simulated Weightlessness The project will develop countermeasures to mitigate the effects of weightlessness-induced sensorimotor disturbances following spaceflight. The University of Canberra will commercialise its sensorimotor research through the creation of a university spin-off company, Prism Neuro. This company will work with Australian industry partners elmTek and SRCHealth to address the NASA 2019 Human Exploration Research Opportunities priority. The project team have validated a novel system for assessing negative sensorimotor disturbances and subsequently developed a wearable countermeasure to mitigate problems. The project will enable the construction and deployment of the novel system and countermeasure for use at NASA and European Space Agency facilities. Commercial production of the operational sensorimotor assessment system by Prism Neuro will continue with the aim of addressing other opportunities in human spaceflight research, and also for other markets such as healthcare and sports performance, which will benefit all Australians. $432,494
Stamen Engineering Pty Ltd Decision Support System for Collision Avoidance of Space Objects The project will develop a better method to help satellite operators assess real risks to satellites from collisions. Collisions between operating satellites and space debris are a major concern in the space community. Collisions can be approximately predicted but the probability of collision is highly uncertain and it is costly to move a satellite. NASA’s Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) is responsible for protecting all NASA satellites from catastrophic collisions. CARA has developed a concept for a Decision Support System (DSS) to assist satellite operators make collision avoidance decisions. This project will develop the concept into an operational tool, enabling operators to make collision avoidance decisions with greater certainty and speed. $217,821
Raytracer Pty Ltd Underwater Virtual Reality Training Simulations for Astronauts The project will contribute to the development of the world’s first underwater virtual reality training simulator for astronaut and human space exploration training. The technology will allow private space companies and government organisations to develop accurate, safe, measurable and repeatable training for their space teams, at a fraction of current costs. $200,000
Silentium Defence Trading Pty Ltd South Australian Multi-Sensor Space Observatory for SSA/STM The project will combine two complementary Australian developed space sensors to provide space situational awareness (SSA) to support space traffic management (STM). This will be done through the establishment of a new space observatory in rural South Australia. The observatory will include a Silentium Defence MAVERICK S-series passive radar sensor, a Western Sydney University (WSU) Astrosite neuromorphic imaging sensor, and supporting infrastructure to host the sensors, process the data and transmit the information back from the observatory. $1,460,541
Skykraft Pty Ltd Design and qualification of micro-satellite constellation launch systems The project will complete the design, development, manufacture and qualification ofa novelstructure to deploy constellations of Australian designed microsatellites from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV). The project will be conducted by Skykraft and XTEK in partnership with New Space India Limited.Thetechnology will provide a fundamental building block for Australian microsatellite constellations to be launched into Low Earth Orbit and deliver networked space services into domestic and international markets. $878,193
Human Aerospace Pty Ltd Spacesuits for Preserving Human Health and Mobility The project will develop and refine three different compression spacesuits, including our Skinsuit deployed twice on the International Space Station. The spacesuits will: 1) help mitigate bone loss and other health side effects of weightlessness by imposing earth-like loading; 2) enable greater mobility and safety for spacewalking compared to traditional gas-pressurised spacesuits; and 3) prevent issues with blood flow and fainting as astronauts return to Earth. The goal is to establish Australia as an internationally recognised hub for space-related compression garments, and translate that technology for Earth-based medical applications such as for burns, sports, lymphoedema, osteoporosis and cerebral palsy. The project will be conducted with extensive international collaboration, including NASA and the European Space Agency. $844,236
University of New South Wales Advanced GNSS Receiver for CubeSats, Rockets and Remote Sensing The project will modernise and extend the only Australian and NZ flight-proven single frequency Kea GPS Receiver for cubesats, rockets and remote sensing, so that it is fully capable of being used with multiple frequencies, antennas and systems. This will enable new applications such as Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry and GNSS radio occultation, as well as providing performance and accuracy improvements both in timing and position or velocity estimation. It will also ensure that it is competitive with other imported receivers. The receiver will have export potential and provide local customers with an improved product at lower cost than imported products. $691,500
Akin Australia Pty Ltd AI Crew for space: helping with complex systems tests The project will develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Space Crew with distinct personas working together as a team. Together, the AI crew will complement the human team, and start to evolve towards fully autonomous operation

Each member of the AI crew will have their own strengths. The Helper, an outgoing and cheerful agent, will proactively engage with humans to provide encouragement and assistance with complex tasks, and talk with natural language. The Inspector, a shy but curious nonverbal agent, will support the human team by continually monitoring the environment and look for anomalies, using sensors and computer vision. Finally, the omniscient Manager will give a high-level overview of the status of the environment and all tasks being performed.


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