Sensor Systems

High Altitude Sensor Systems (HASS)

Australia’s push to refresh and broaden the capabilities of its fledgling space industry requires policy leadership from Government, expert contributions from the research sector and a greater industrial footprint, with a particular focus on Australian SMEs and start-up companies.

DMTC’s High Altitude Sensor Systems (HASS) Program seeks to make a significant contribution to the growth of the Australian space industry and to the development of sovereign space capabilities for Australia.

The HASS Program was established in 2017 with seed funding provided by CSIRO, and its first projects commenced in 2018. With its focus firmly on developments in the Australian defence and national security context, the HASS Program is taking shape and is already achieving technical milestones. Detailed advice and direction is being given by a range of Defence stakeholders including DST, RAAF and the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

DMTC’s efforts focus on:

  • the miniaturisation of sensor components to optimise payload capacity
  • enhancing the on-board processing of sensor data to maximise the provision of decision-ready data in near-real-time and
  • the application of additive manufacturing techniques and the selection of alloy materials to optimise the functionality of micro-, nano- and cube-satellites, and to achieve reductions in time taken to manufacture components.

Three projects publicly announced under Round One of the HASS Program commenced in the 2017-18 reporting year, and a further three projects linked to HASS – two existing DMTC projects and one scoping study – are also now underway. Each project team includes partners from both the research sector and Australian industry.

While the outcomes of these projects are specifically targeted to meeting Defence objectives, dual-use applications and benefits are also anticipated.

DMTC will continue to seek opportunities to expand the scope and benefit of the Program by attracting additional investment from Defence and other sources, and also by adding new partners with unique expertise as the Program matures.