Round 1 2022 Pilot and Seed Funding Outcomes

We are pleased to announce the grant recipients of our Research Pilot Program and Seed Project Program. A call for SRN Research Pilot and Seed Funding projects was issued in December 2021, with applications closing in mid-February, 2022.  A total of 16 Research Pilot and 4 Seed Funding proposals were received.  The total requested funding for the Research Pilots was $2,289,354.56 while for the Seed Funding attotal of $299,293.00 was requested. On the basis of expert reviews of each proposal, 7 Research Pilot and 2 Seed Funding projects were selected to receive funding through this round of funding.

Research Pilot Projects

We received a strong pool of 16 applications for Research Pilot Projects. Seven projects were selected for funding, representing an investment of $1,028,563.00 by the NSW State Government to promote collaborative research in NSW in the space sector.

The research pilot projects selected in the first funding round of 2022 are:

Project IDSummaryInvestigator(s)Lead University AnnouncedInstitutional PartnerIndustry PartnerAward
RP220101Multi-modal Satellite-based Vessel Surveillance via Optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging.

To establish space-based surveillance capability by developing a novel multi-modal deep learning system for detecting, recognising, and tracking sea vessels from satellite optical and synthetic aperture radar images.
Prof. Son Lam Phung; Prof. Abdesselam Bouzerdoum; Prof. Willy Susilo; Dr. Fok Hing Chi Tivive; A/Prof. Le Chung Tran; Prof. Christian Ritz; A/Prof. Raad Raad; A/Prof. Sebastian Oberst; Dr. Benjamin HalkonUniversity of Wollongong26/05/2022University of Technology SydneyIndustry Spec Drones$147,282
RP220102Lunar Navigation.

To develop and integrate two positioning instruments for lunar navigation: celestial navigation and high-sensitivity GNSS receiver.
Prof. Andrew Dempster; Dr. Eamonn Glennon; Dr. Xiaofeng Wu; Joshua Critchley-MarrowsUniversity of New South Wales26/05/2022University of SydneySeaskip Systems$149,634
RP220103Microcrack suppression in lightweight and recyclable thermoplastic-fibre composites for cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage tank.

Development of a lightweight and recyclable fibre- reinforced thermoplastic composites technology capable of mitigating matrix microcracking at cryogenic liquid hydrogen (LH2) temperature.
Prof. Chun H Wang; Dr. Mohammad S Islam; Prof. Liyong TongUniversity of New South Wales26/05/2022University of Sydney$150,000
RP220104Space qualification of Gallium Nitride power amplifiers.

To qualify GaN technology for reliability in space applications. It will lead to sovereign capability in designing GaN communication electronics qualified for usage in space-borne systems.
A/Prof. Sourabh Khandelwal; Prof. Simon Mahon; Dr. Xi (Forest) Zhu; Macquarie University26/05/2022University of Technology SydneyANSTO$149,830
RP220105Laser Heterodyne Radiometer Development Towards Future Spaceflight.

Develop key technology to enable the use of space-based laser heterodyne radiometer for fingerprinting and classifying methane emissions sources.
Dr. Ediz Cetin; Mr. Vu Hoang Thang Chau; A/Prof. Oliver Diessel; Dr. James BevingtonMacquarie University26/05/2022University of New South WalesInterplanetary Exploration Institute$140,646
RP220106Cooling SmallSats - Thermal lattice metamaterial technology.

Develop advanced microlattice thermal metamaterials to tackle the current
challenge in efficiently dissipating heat generated from the GPUs of high-performing computers that are onboard SmallSats.
A/Prof. Zhen (Jeff) Luo; Dr. Nick Bennet; Dr. Lee (Mickey) Clemon; Dr. Xiaofeng Wu; Prof. Iver H. Cairns; Prof. Sarah Zhang; Prof. Richard YangUniversity of Technology Sydney26/05/2022University of Sydney; Western Sydney UniversitySpiral Blue$141,171
RP220107A roadmap for space photovoltaics in Australia.

To establish a roadmap for high performance space photovoltaic technologies and to identify existing and future national infrastructure for R&D, testing and qualification critical for the emerging Australian space-photovoltaic industry.
Prof. Anita Ho-Baillie; Prof. David McKenzie; Prof. Iver Cairns; Prof. Gavin Conibeer; A/Prof. Nicholas Ekins-Daukes; A/Prof. Stephen Bremner; A/Prof. Santosh Shrestha; Dr. Ceri Brenner; Dr. Stefania PeracchiUniversity of Sydney26/05/2022University of New South WalesANSTO$150,000

Seed Projects

We received 4 applications for Seed Projects. Two projects were selected for funding, representing an investment of $149,293.00 by the NSW State Government to promote collaborative research with industry and leveraging over $350,000 of co-investment from partners.

The seed projects selected in the first funding round of 2022 are:

Project IDSummaryLead UniversityIndustry PartnerAnnouncedAward
SP220101Development of a Flight Model of the CROSS Star Tracker.

To develop a commercialised, competitive flight model of the CROSS star tracker, including the imaging system and fast, fault-tolerant computing hardware.
University of SydneySpace Machines Co. 26/05/2022$74,781
SP220102Extraterrestrial Solar Arrays.

Mass producible, rollable solar arrays for cost conscious satellites and Lunar surface uses.
University of New South WalesExtraterrestrial Power Pty. Ltd.26/05/2022$74,512