Defence is seeking EOIs for an experienced satellite mission integrator to enter into a strategic partnership with the DST Group to design and deliver exemplar small satellite missions for the Resilient Multi-Mission Space STaRShot – a challenging, mission-oriented, research and development program building leap-ahead future exemplar space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The RMS STaR Shot includes 5 Science and Technology (S&T) themes where research and development will be focused:

3 S&T Space Capability Themes

  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Non-geostationary satellite communications
  • Space Domain Awareness (SDA)

2 S&T Space Mission Themes

  • Space autonomy
  • Resilient space systems and concepts

The RMS STaR Shot intends to design, manufacture, launch and operate at least 4 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 S&T themes.

The Strategic Partner is sought to fulfill the satellite integration requirements of the RMS STaR Shot research program, 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.

Please contact spacetenders@dst.defence.gov.au should you have any questions.

Expressions of interest close 15 January 2021.

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