Gilmour Space Technologies recently unveiled its local rocket and mobile platform to launch Ariel Class – another step towards its goal of delivering Australia's first commercial performance.
Adam Gilmour, executive director of the company, believes that the space industry has the potential to cope with the Australian auto industry, generating work for affiliated companies and their employees.
"We are already working with more than 300 companies," he said I create,
When the Queensland government invited Gilmore to submit to Parliament at the end of last year, he shared with them their thoughts about the state's potential for a lively space industry.
More recently, government representatives visited Gilmour's Gold Coast Factory just in time to see their recently-launched rocket and mobile launch site "One Vision", which he hopes to be first to send a commercial vehicle into space from Australian soil.
Preparing to take off
Gilmore explained that the One Vision missile was designed to test the company's flight hybrid fuel of a first-degree orbital engine,
"There's a very large difference in space between the test of something on the ground and the real air test," Gilmore said.
According to Gilmour, his team will be ready for the One Vision flight test next month after further intensive testing of rocket safety, safety, fluid and software systems. He added that many of the project components would be transferred to an orbital rocket that could deliver payloads small communication satellites for low earth orbit (LEO).
Although it is not Falcon Heavy, One Vision is still impressive space hardware. Its length is 9 m, it has a thrust of 80 kN and weighs nearly 2 tons. At maximum speed, it is designed to travel at three and a half times the speed of the sound and can reach a height of about 40 km – or the "edge" of space.
One vision is a one-stage rocket and will need to be upgraded to a multi-stage vehicle in order to carry a payload to LEO. This will require the development of navigation and control technologies.
Gilmore explained that this technology will give the racket the "mind" to negotiate about its environment: where it is, how it reaches where it wants to go, and how it changes its direction when needed.
The company still strives to achieve its first commercial performance by 2020, although Gilmore said the complexity of developing navigation and navigation controls could push it up to a year.
He gets mobile
Gilmore said his company has built a substantially mobile launch site to allow their missiles to explode from a suitable location after regulatory approval.
– You can take it anywhere you want and you have everything you need: fuel, tower, electronics, mission management [and] power, "he added.
Although there are many mobile missile towers (and military intercontinental ballistic missiles at the other end of the scale), Gilmore believes this is the first time the method will be used to launch a One Vision-sized commercial missile.
The company is discussing several potential launch sites with the Queensland government. Gilmore said his favorite site is near Bowen in northern Queensland.
"Satellites that are going into space in the future will be in orbit to which we can easily get from a place like Bowen," he adds.
Gilmore explained that the viability of small rocket companies operating from Australia would depend on the costs of obtaining a marketing authorization. Late last year, the Australian Space Agency submit an offer to charge close to $ 190,000 for processing fixed license applications, and nearly $ 240.00 for Mobile Device Launch Permissions.
"Most states dealing with the space sector are not charging anything for marketing approval," Gilmour said, adding that if the cost of issuing an Australian permit becomes too high, he may be forced to move more than half of company in the US and start from there.
If costs remain affordable, Gilmore believes it is possible for Queensland to launch a commercial launch. He also said there might be room for the market for another small missile company – and many industries and services.
There are also exciting mission events Moon, Mars, mercury and beyond, as well as the potential for extraterrestrial mining,
"This may be something that goes from science fiction to scientific reality within the decade," Gilmour said, adding that there was no reason for Australia not to take part in the action.