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ADF to enhance space surveillance capabilities

3rd April 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has kicked off a new project that aims to improve Royal Australian Navy vessels’ safety, speed and fuel consumption through the use of enhanced space surveillance capabilites, the DoD announced on 28 March.

The $1.1 million Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) project aims to enhance Australian defence capability and build industrial capacity in sensor and on-board data processing technology for UAS and small-satellite platforms.

The project will develop miniaturised, high frequency sensor systems for deployment on cubesats and other UAS platforms, advancing passive radar technologies related to the processing of both line-of-sight and reflected GPS signals in real time.

The initial application of this technology will enable defence forces to deploy UAS to accurately estimate sea-state conditions, with the goal of improving safety, speed and fuel consumption for navy vessels.

The project is the first of four under DMTC’s High Altitude Sensor Systems programme that involves new DMTC partners including Seaskip and the University of New South Wales' Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research.

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