Australian companies, Gilmour Space Technologies, a leading venture-funded rocket company, and Titomic Limited, an industrial-scale additive manufacturing company, enter into a strategic partnership to explore the use of new 3D printed materials for the manufacturing of high-performance and quality components for rocket and space industry.
Australia is seen taking rapid steps to develop its space space industry might and both these companies are leveraging additive manufacturing technologies to strengthen it.
According to James Gilmour, the co-founder and COO of Gilmour Space Technologies, “Gilmour Space is developing new launch vehicles to support today’s global small satellite market, and this partnership could see us leveraging on Titomic’s innovative manufacturing processes to produce lighter and stronger components for our orbital launch vehicles.”
Speaking about the partnership, Nathanael Miller, Titomic’s chief technology officer said, “I am excited to get started on our joint tech-development program. Between the Gilmour Space focus on launch economics and the scale and quality performance of Titomic Kinetic Fusion capabilities, I am expecting significant implications for the launch vehicle community.”
Australia has risen to use the additive manufacturing technology to fast become a global might in the space industry. The federal government of Australia has already committed $150 million over the next five years to support the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)‘s missions to the moon and beyond.
Speaking about the opportunities the Australian government has provided, Mr. Gilmour said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with innovative companies like Titomic to help build a world-class space supply chain here in Australia, in line with the Australian Space Agency’s strategy and goals.”
Startups like Gilmour Space has capitalised on this effort from the government in the space industry to pioneer new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies with the goal of providing low-cost access to space.
Commenting on the collaboration, added Jeff Lang, managing director of Titomic said, “Gilmour Space and Titomic share a commercially strategic vision to deliver unique, advanced technologies which will ensure the growth of the Australian space ecosystem. Their plans for lower-cost access for launch satellites into space using affordable, high-performance rockets, combined with Titomic’s industrial-scale additive manufacturing capability of superalloys from our Melbourne Bureau will help to realise this goal.”
Gilmour Space had test-launched one of the world’s first rockets using 3D printed rocket fuel in 2016.
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