High Altitude Sensor Systems (HASS)
DMTC and its partners are working to build Australian industry capability to capitalise on new technology horizons across air and space domains. The span of this effort covers new technology developments as well as advances in the use of existing additive manufacturing technologies and techniques.
DMTC’s work is focused on building the underlying capacity and competitiveness of Australia’s national industrial base, supported by key program partners including CSIRO and DSTG through their Next Generation Technologies Fund and the new STaR Shot missions.
DMTC is engaging with a broader ISR and geospatial community of practitioners that exists in Defence and across the national security and intelligence community. This broadening of the program to extend into land-based sensors and related geospatial technology is not directly linked to high altitude sensor systems but is an overlapping area of technology application.
An example of this work is a geospatial information and visualisation tool being progressively developed for defence and national security applications. Working with innovative small businesses, DMTC’s project is responding to rapid cycles of technological change in this area. Project partners including Army and national intelligence community stakeholders are working together on a range of scenarios utilising LiDAR and improved information, analysis tools and situational awareness capabilities.
For Australia’s sovereign aspirations to be realised in these areas, a greater industrial footprint – with a particular focus on Australian small businesses and start-ups that dominate this sector – needs to be developed to build supply chain depth and give industrial effect to the world-leading scientific and research expertise that exists in Australia.
DMTC is also supporting the Smart Satellite CRC launched in May 2019.