EOS Space Systems joins SmartSat CRC as lead partner for the development of optical communications + compact RF tactical terminals – SatNews


SmartSAT CRC announced that EOS Space Systems has become a key partner for the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centerbecoming the 20th Principal Partner alongside leading global universities and companies such as Airbus, BAE systems and Nova Systems.

EOS Space Systems project in the company’s clean room.

As lead partner, EOS Space Systems will have priority in selecting and leading strategic research projects and may nominate candidates to the SmartSat CRC Board of Directors and Industry Advisory Council.

The CHORUS project aims to build on existing Australian technology in compact RF tactical terminals and optical communication to develop a leapfrog technology that exploits carrier diversity through a highly integrated optical-RF hybrid tactical terminal with applications for commercial and national security markets.

CHORUS Phase 1 (April 2019-April 2020) was a research activity aimed at developing concepts and exploring the feasibility of a highly integrated tactical satellite communications terminal combining radio frequency and optical frequency capabilities in a single compact terminal. Phase 2 is on track to deliver a functional land demonstration, with a terminal in early 2023.

SmartSat CRC CEO, Professor Andy Koronios, said: “EOS Space Systems becoming a Principal Partner is the culmination of one of our most exciting space ventures: the CHORUS project. SmartSat CRC brought together an interdisciplinary team of industries and academia under the leadership of the Defense Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and facilitated requirements gathering from end users, developed system designs and the components of research. What started as a $1.2 million Phase 1 project has already moved into the next phase, with an additional investment of $2.8 million in the rapid development of this innovative technology.. We are delighted that EOS has decided to become one of our main partners. They obviously see a real benefit in their participation in SmartSat CRC and we look forward to working together to help build Australian space technology capabilities..”

EOS Space Systems Managing Director Glen Miller said the speed of creating the CHORUS project prompted the organization to become a SmartSat CRC Premier Partner. “The CHORUS project was an exercise in commercializing best practices of a new technology. Driven by collaboration between government, industry and researchers – it was fast, efficient and the IP negotiations were effortless, allowing us to control the IP, but defense was able to call on technology at no additional cost. The success of this venture demonstrates the value of having an independent platform like SmartSat CRC to bring the different parties together and get things done for the Australian space sector. Having benefited from what SmartSat does, we are delighted to invest our time and join CRC in driving great results for Australian space technology..”

DSTG’s Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Research and Innovation, Professor Michelle Gee, said Defense’s investment in CRC’s SmartSat through the Next Generation Technology Fund is clearly paying dividends. “We are seeing the development of potentially game-changing technologies that could be a game-changer for military satellite communications,” she says. “This is exactly the kind of results we want and expect from the Next Generation Technology Fund.


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