To the Stars 2024: Gold Coast Aerospace to put Rover on Mars
Gilmour Space Technologies has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA to put a rover on Mars by 2024. The Gold Coast space company with a subsidiary office in Singapore is developing low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite payload market.
Gilmour Space Technologies backed by venture capital firm Blackbird Ventures and other investors has teamed up with NASA on research, technology and development of flying rockets into space carrying nano-satellites. In June 2016, the company successfully flew a hybrid rocket to an altitude of 5 Km using proprietary 3D printed fuel.
The company was founded by CEO and Founder Adam Gilmour and his brother James:
“In our journey to the stars, humankind will need to build sustainable and long-term infrastructure and bases on the moon, asteroids or Mars. We will need to be able to manufacture big things off-Earth, generate lots of energy, and develop technology that will help us survive and live longer in space. We hope to work with NASA to solve many of these issues in the years ahead.”
What is a Space Act Agreement
Space Act Agreements (SAAs) are types of legal agreement under the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Act grants NASA a broad discretion in the performance of its functions. Section 20113(e) of the Act authorises NASA:
to enter into and perform such contracts, leases, cooperative agreements, or other transactions as may be necessary in the conduct of its work and on such terms as it may deem appropriate, with any agency or instrumentality of the United States, or with any State, Territory, or possession, or with any political subdivision thereof, or with any person, firm, association, corporation, or educational institution.
NASA uses this authority to enter into a wide range of agreements to advance the NASA mission through its programs. Under an international SAA, the Agreement partner is a foreign entity that is not established under a State or Federal law of the United States.
Declaration of Policy and Purpose (Sec. 102. (a))
The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of the United States that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.
Examples of Space Act Agreements
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS): A program for multiple partners with different capabilities for the supply of cargo services to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX Dragon became first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the ISS. In September 2013, Orbital Sciences Corporation follows with commercial cargo resupply services to ISS.
Commercial Crew Development (CCDev): A space technology development program to facilitate crew space transportation safely, reliably and cost-effectively to and form the ISS and low-Earth orbit. Contracts awarded to Boeing, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance and Paragon Space Development Corp..
Gilmour Spaceflight Academy
A space training education centre at Pimpana on the Gold Coast to educate and entertain the astronauts of tomorrow in STEM. Astronaut training includes test labs for space lift support systems, zero-gravity EVA simulations and high-fidelity space simulators.
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