Aussie GPS technology used on US cube satellite
Australian GPS technology, developed by the University of New South Wales in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group, has been included in the payload of the Biarri-Point cube satellite developed by the US, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 18 July.
The Australian-developed Namaru GPS technology is a miniaturised GPS payload designed for use on a cube-satellite.
The Biarri-Point satellite, launched in April 2017 to the International Space Station, was recently deployed from the space station’s Nano Racks into its own orbit.
Now on-orbit and successfully functioning, the Namuru GPS technology is conducting a range of experiments aimed at increasing understanding of outer atmospheric effects on small satellites and improving situational awareness of space.
Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said: 'The 2016 Defence White Paper highlights the importance of space-based systems for information gathering, communications, navigation and surveillance for all Australian Defence Force and coalition operations.
'Advances in small low cost space platforms provide a unique opportunity to support Australian Defence Force capabilities and to rejuvenate Australian space research.'
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