Inovor will share Lockheed Martin JP9102 space missions

Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) and Australian space services provider, Inovor Technologies, have signed a strategic agreement to support LMA’s “Hosted Missions Program”, a key feature of the company’s JP9102 Enhanced Australian Industry Capability (AIC) plan .

If adopted, the program will use excess capacity on board JP102 space launch vehicles for small satellite missions designed and built in Australia, providing multiple mission opportunities as well as the planned JP9102 sovereign capability, SATCOM.

Hosted missions could include spacecraft to increase the resilience of the main satellite system or could also align with future defence, Australian Space Agency or commercial missions.

The Australian Defense Satellite Communications System (ADSS), JP9102, will replace the Defense Military Satellite Communications (SATCOM) capability currently provided by the Optus C-1 and Intelsat-22 hybrid military and commercial satellites.

Inovor Technologies CEO Matt Tetlow said LMA’s hosted missions program would maximize Australia’s space capabilities in the country and provide a major boost to Australia’s space sector.

Tetlow said: “As a passionate supporter of Australia’s future space industry, Inovor welcomes the opportunity to contribute its expertise to Lockheed Martin Australia’s hosted missions programme.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Lockheed Martin Australia to create unprecedented opportunities for Australian space organizations, while ensuring that any hosted mission does not add any risk to the safety and security of the main spacecraft JP9102.”

According to Lockheed Martin Australia Regional Manager for Space, David Ball, the hosted missions program would allow Australian organizations to benefit more broadly from LMA’s JP9102 proposal.

Ball said: “Inovor, as the only spacecraft manufacturer in Australia developing bespoke spacecraft subsystems, and with extensive experience in providing satellite mission solutions for Defence, would support the program. of hosted missions with exploratory studies, knowledge sharing, program planning activities and security design requirements. ”

“By offering to facilitate launch and transfer engineering know-how and capabilities to these organizations, Lockheed Martin Australia is contributing to the continued development of our nation’s robust space capability.”

Lockheed Martin Australia’s JP9102 Hosted Missions program falls under its AIC plan, which helps Australian small and medium-sized businesses deliver best-in-class solutions and build capabilities for the Australian defense and space industry.

Inovor joins a large network of Australian SMBs supporting JP9102 including Av-Comm, Calytrix Technologies, Clearbox Systems, Conscia, DXC, EM Solutions, Linfox, Ronson Gears, Shoal Group and STEM Punks.

Photo: Lockheed Martin Australia

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