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Amaero secures rocket engine component purchase order from Gilmour Space

Stephen Kuper

Victoria-based additive manufacturing specialist Amaero has secured a purchase order from Queensland-based Gilmour Space Technologies to manufacture two rocket motor components.

Amaero secures rocket engine component purchase order from Gilmour Space
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In addition to the purchase order for the two rocket motor components, it is planned for the opportunity to provide additional manufacturing services, subject to the success of the initial project. 

Amaero International CEO Barrie Finnin said, "We are very pleased to be working with Gilmour Space to produce these initial rocket motor components, and look forward to the opportunity for further purchase orders."

The two rocket motor components that will be manufactured under the initial order will be evaluated by Gilmour Space and, if successful, Amaero is hopeful that it will result in further purchase orders for the manufacture of additional rocket motor components, which will be used on the flight ready vehicle.

"Gilmour Space is a key local partner for us in the space industry and we look forward to collaborating with them on a long-term basis," Finnin added. 

Gilmour Space is a venture-backed Australian rocket company, developing new capabilities for launching small satellites to space, and has agreements in place with leading organisations including NASA, the Australian Space Agency and Queensland Defence Science and Technology. 

In February 2018, Gilmour Space entered a Space Act Agreement with NASA to collaborate on various research, technology development and educational initiatives. 

In December 2019, Gilmour Space also signed a statement of strategic intent and co-operation with the Australian Space Agency, demonstrating its commitment to launch Australia to space.

The aerospace industry is a high-growth market forecasted to grow to US$3.6 biilion by 2025 at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2 per cent.

Under terms of the order, which are commercially sensitive, Gilmour Space will pay fees to Amaero for manufacturing services.

Founded by two brothers in 2013, the Queensland-based start-up has grown to become one of Australia's leading space companies, pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies, with the aim of offering lower cost access to space. 

Amaero International is an Australia-based company that manufactures large format complex components in metal with laser-based additive manufacturing processes, commonly known as 3D printing.

The principal activity of Amaero is the provision of end to end additive manufacturing solutions in terms of services, equipment and technology to its key clients in the Aviation defence and space sectors and the tool and die industry.

Amaero has worked with many of the world’s leading manufacturers of aerospace and defence products in both an R&D and manufacturing capability and has a demonstrated ability to deliver aviation and military specification 3D printed alloy critical operation components.

Amaero was established with the support of Monash University in 2013 to take advantage of commercial opportunities identified by the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM). Amaero is co-located with MCAM in Melbourne Australia. It operates two additional facilities, in Adelaide, South Australia, and El Segundo, California.

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