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Asension wins $4.35 million DIH contract for space-based sensor

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded Adelaide-based Asension a $4.35 million contract to deliver a space-based tactical sensor system, MOESS or Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Warfare Sensor System, for use by Defence. This contract represents Phase 3 of the project and is an extension of the Phase 2 contract awarded by the Hub in 2020.

Asension originally developed the technology under what amounted to a Phase 1 program funded through the Adelaide-based Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP).

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy, said sovereign, space-enabled capabilities are critical to the future of Defence.

“The government’s partnership with innovative small businesses such as Asension will be critical to growing a robust, resilient and innovative industrial base for space technologies in Australia,” Minister Conroy said.“Under this contract, Asension will continue the development of a sovereign, space-based tactical sensor system.

If successful, this latest investment will continue the company’s strong collaboration with the ADF in progressing the development of a tactical sensor that will be at the cutting edge.

The Chief Executive Officer of Asension, Ian Spencer, said the contract was an exciting opportunity for the small business to grow its workforce and to progress important space capability for Defence.

“This contract has been pivotal to the successful development of this capability to date and has enabled Asension to grow as a company.”

“The Government is focused on nurturing Australian defence innovation, while supporting veteran-owned businesses who bring the expertise and experience to solve Defence’s tactical and strategic challenges,” Minister Conroy said.

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