Sensor Systems

High Altitude Sensor Systems (HASS)

DMTC’s High Altitude Sensor Systems (HASS) Program will enhance Australian defence capability and build industrial capacity in sensor and on-board data processing technology for unmanned aerial systems and small-satellite platforms.

The investment from CSIRO of $2.7 million will create, through the DMTC’s co-investment model, a total program value of more than $6 million over three to five years.

On 29 September the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced that the first round of the DMTC program would include four projects, with work expected to commence before the end of the 2017 calendar year. Read the media release.

Projects selected for High Altitude Sensor Systems – Phase One*

Partner Organisations Description of Project
HyVista Pty Ltd, University of Technology Sydney, Defence Science & Technology (DST) Group Hyperspectral: Compact, spatially agile spectral sensor
SkyKraft Pty Ltd, CSIRO, Australian National University, University of NSW Hyperspectral: Cubesat hyperspectral sensor for maritime / ocean monitoring
A.W. Bell Pty Ltd, La Trobe University, CSIRO, University of NSW Materials & Manufacturing: Advanced Manufacturing of Cubesat Sensor Components
Seaskip Pty Ltd, University of NSW High Frequency Sensors: Cubesat imaging radar

*Note: Subject to final negotiation and execution of contracts.

DMTC is actively seeking opportunities to expand the program in the near and longer term [this relates to both opportunities to build the base by attracting investment from Defence and other sources, but also to the potential to increase contributions to the program by adding new partners to existing activities as the projects mature].

See additional background information here.