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:
|ID||Project||Investigator(s)||Lead University||Announced||Institutional Partner||Industry Partner||Award|
|RP220101||Multi-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 Halkon||University of Wollongong||26/05/2022||University of Technology Sydney||Industry Spec Drones||$147,282|
|RP220102||Lunar 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-Marrows||University of New South Wales||26/05/2022||University of Sydney||Seaskip Systems||$149,634|
|RP220103||Microcrack 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 Tong||University of New South Wales||26/05/2022||University of Sydney||$150,000|
|RP220104||Space 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 University||26/05/2022||University of Technology Sydney||ANSTO||$149,830|
|RP220105||Laser 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 Bevington||Macquarie University||26/05/2022||University of New South Wales||Interplanetary Exploration Institute||$140,646|
|RP220106||Cooling 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 Yang||University of Technology Sydney||26/05/2022||University of Sydney; Western Sydney University||Spiral Blue||$141,171|
|RP220107||A 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 Peracchi||University of Sydney||26/05/2022||University of New South Wales||ANSTO||$150,000|
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:
|ID||Project||Lead University||Industry Partner||Announced||Award|
|SP220101||Development 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 Sydney||Space Machines Co.||26/05/2022||$74,781|
|SP220102||Extraterrestrial Solar Arrays.|
Mass producible, rollable solar arrays for cost conscious satellites and Lunar surface uses.
|University of New South Wales||Extraterrestrial Power Pty. Ltd.||26/05/2022||$74,512|