New Access to Space: RUAG Space signs agreement with Australian rocket company Gilmour Space

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Zürich/Queensland, 23 November 2018 — Australia’s leading rocket company, Gilmour Space Technologies, has signed a long-term collaboration and supply agreement with global launch industry supplier, RUAG Space.


The agreement, the first of its kind in Australia, explores the use of RUAG Space’s new range of FlexLine carbon composite products in Gilmour Space’s proprietary hybrid rockets. The Queensland-based company is targeting to launch small satellites weighing up to 100 kg into low earth orbits from 2020, and up to 400 kg from 2021.

"RUAG Space has a long history of providing reliable launch technologies for rockets like the Ariane 5, Vega and Atlas,” said Gilmour Space CEO & Founder, Adam Gilmour. “With this collaboration, we look to leverage on their proven expertise, while lowering our launcher development costs and time-to-market.”

Holger Wentscher, Senior Vice President Launchers at RUAG Space: “Our new FlexLine products offer weight optimised, reliable and user-friendly solutions, at best-in-class series cost.

“It has been very exciting to see the progress that Gilmour Space and Australia have made in the space domain since we first met at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide last year; and we look forward to collaborating with them in their goal to provide lower cost access to space from Australia.”

ABOUT GILMOUR SPACE


Gilmour Space Technologies is a private Australian rocket company that is developing new capabilities for launching small satellites into Low Earth Orbits. ​Founded by two brothers, this Queensland-based startup is now one of Australia’s leading space companies, pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies that will accelerate humanity’s access to ‘All Orbits, All Planets’. Find out more at https://www.gspacetech.com/about.


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ABOUT RUAG SPACE

RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe, with a growing presence in the USA. With more than 1,300 staff across six countries, it develops and manufactures products for satellites and launch vehicles – playing a key role both in the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is a division of the international technology Group RUAG. RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defence for use on land, in the air and in space. 56% of RUAG's products and services are destined for the civil market and 44% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Bern (Switzerland). It has production sites in Switzerland and in 15 other countries in Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific. RUAG generates sales of approximately CHF 1.96 billion and has over 9,200 employees – 400 of whom are trainees.


Information about RUAG Space: Katarina Singer, Country Communications Manager Switzerland, RUAG Space, +41 79 275 3226; katarina.singer@ruag.com

Information about RUAG Group: Kirsten Hammerich, Media Relations Manager, +41 79 770 81 18; kirsten.hammerich@ruag.com

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