Introducing ADISCA – Australia’s Sovereign Space Solution

Joint Media Release


Adelaide, SA, 3 March 2022 -- The Australian Defence Industry Space Capability Alliance (ADISCA) will debut at the 13th Australian Space Forum on 3 March 2022 in Adelaide, South Australia.

ADISCA is a collaboration between eight leading Australian-owned Space and Defence companies who can, collectively, deliver on all Defence’s Sovereign Industry Capability Priorities for space.

The ADISCA members are DEWC Systems, Gilmour Space Technologies, Inovor Technologies, Neumann Space, Nova Systems, Southern Launch, REDARC Defence Systems, and Space Machines Company.

The collective capabilities of the ADISCA membership include:

  • Launch vehicle design and manufacture

  • Space vehicle design and manufacture

  • Payload design and manufacture

  • In-space propulsion

  • In-space transportation

  • Launch services, and Mission control services

  • Supporting Commercial, Civil and Defence sectors.


ADISCA spokesperson Ian Spencer, Chief Executive Officer at DEWC Systems, said: “ADISCA members are leading the development of cutting-edge space and defence technologies that can, and should, be utilised by the Commonwealth to advance Australia’s strategic interests in space.

“ADISCA is a genuine sovereign collaboration in response to the Commonwealth’s call for Australian industry to provide its expertise to further our nation’s interests in space.

“We look forward to Defence engaging with our highly skilled Australian consortium to prime upcoming Defence-related space projects.”

The Australian Government has committed billions to bolster Australia’s Defence capabilities over the next decade with a major focus on sovereign space technologies.

For example, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC announced $7 billion over the next decade in space capabilities as part of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan in July 2020.

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC announced Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts as the inaugural Head of Defence Space Division in May 2021.

By forming ADISCA, Australian industry is answering the Commonwealth’s call for local industry to lead the development of sovereign space capabilities to serve and protect Australia’s national interests.

Mr Spencer said: “Between the ADISCA companies, we employ many of the brightest people in technology and business in Australia.

“We are key contributors to the advancement of the Australian Civil Space Sector Strategy which aims to triple the size of the sector to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs over the next decade.

“ADISCA members look forward to playing our part in Australia’s Defence future in space.”

### ADISCA Member Profiles and Capability Statements

About DEWC Systems DEWC Systems develops novel and effective solutions to sophisticated electromagnetic battlespace challenges faced by the Australian Defence Force and the defence industry. We have developed a strong reputation for innovation and, as the first Australian company to launch a payload on a space capable rocket from Australian soil, helped lead Australia into the Space 4.0 era. Through our work in Defence and Space, DEWC Systems can offer truly sovereign alternatives and develop solutions that can be tailored for industry needs. For DEWC Systems,

About Gilmour Space Technologies

Gilmour Space Technologies is a venture-funded Australian space company that is providing affordable and reliable launch services into low earth orbits to global small satellite customers. Launching from the second half of 2022, Gilmour Space is leading the development of new sovereign space capabilities and collaborations around Access to Space. Find out more at www.gspacetech.com.

About Inovor Technologies

Inovor Technologies is a wholly Australian owned space and defence company located at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, South Australia. We are Australia’s leading commercial spacecraft manufacturer. We employ 50+ highly skilled professionals including engineers, scientists and project managers who provide turnkey satellite mission solutions for our customers using our Australian-made Apogee and Australis satellite buses. We have two space applications; Hyperion (supports Space Domain Awareness) and Skyris (providing a novel smart Earth imaging system for the global space market).

About Neumann Space

Neumann Space is an Australian-owned and operated space technology company located at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide. We specialise in Electric Propulsion for satellites and spacecraft, providing a sovereign capability to Australia. Our mission is to offer off-the-shelf, safe, and easy to integrate subsystems to satellite integrators and efficient on-demand electric propulsion to satellite operators. Enabling spacecraft mobility around the Earth and beyond is a critical capability for space missions in what is quickly becoming a highly strategic and contested environment.

About Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a 100% Australian owned and controlled engineering services and technology solutions company. Our vision is to solve the complex challenges that really matter to our clients. We operate across five core markets - Defence, Essential Services, Government, Special Missions and Commercial Aerospace. We employ more than 850 talented and dedicated professionals across our strategically located offices in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, and Norway.

About REDARC Defence Systems

REDARC Defence Systems is an Australian-owned and operated design-to manufacture business, uniquely positioned to support specific defence requirements, both now and in the future. Our blend of commercial off the-shelf, modified off-the-shelf and customised and build-to-print electronic solutions improve the capability, safety, and flexibility of a variety of defence vehicles and applications. We supply battery monitoring and power management solutions to defence vehicles domestically and internationally.

About Southern Launch

Southern Launch is a launch service provider, headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia. Our offering includes the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, and the Koonibba Test Range, our suborbital testing facility. Our team of leading engineers, project managers, specialists, and regulation experts have developed a full-service continuum catering to the key needs of rocket manufacturers and their payload customers.

About Space Machines Company

Space Machines Company (SMC) is an Australian owned company developing space transportation capabilities to cost-effectively insert small satellites into desired LEO, MEO, GEO, and cis-lunar orbits. Our Optimus orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) brings essential sovereign capabilities for Australia’s future space requirements in addition to products for the global space economy.