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Lockheed Martin Australia teams with Inovor for JP9102 Hosted Missions Program

Inovor designs and builds satellites as well as consulting for prime like Lockheed Martin Australia. This is the company’s Australis cube sat. Photo: Inovor Technologies

Canberra-based Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) will team with Australian space company Inovor Technologies to support the ‘Hosted Missions Program,’ a key feature of LMA’s Enhanced Australian Industry Capability (AIC) plan for JP9102, the ADF’s sovereign SATCOM program.

If adopted, LMA’s Hosted Missions Program would utilise surplus capacity aboard JP9102 launch vehicles for small Australian-designed and -built satellite missions, providing multiple mission opportunities along with the baseline JP9102 resilient, sovereign, SATCOM capability.

Hosted missions could include spacecraft to augment the resilience of the primary mission or could also align with future Defence, Australian Space Agency, or commercial missions.

According to David Ball, Lockheed Martin Australia’s Regional Director for Space, the Hosted Missions Program would enable Australian organisations to benefit more widely from Lockheed Martin Australia’s JP9102 proposal.

“We’re committed to supporting Australian space industry by maximising the benefits of existing launch opportunities,” said David Ball. “Inovor, as the only spacecraft manufacturer in Australia developing bespoke spacecraft subsystems, and with deep experience providing satellite mission solutions for Defence, would support the Hosted Missions Program with exploratory studies, knowledge sharing, program planning activities and safety design requirements.”  

“As a passionate supporter of Australia’s future space industry, Inovor welcomes the opportunity to contribute our expertise to Lockheed Martin Australia’s Hosted Missions Program,” said Matt Tetlow, Founder and CEO of Inovor Technologies. “We’re excited by the opportunity to work hand in glove with Lockheed Martin Australia to create unparalleled opportunities for Australian space organisations, while also ensuring any hosted mission adds no risk to the safety and security of the primary JP9102 spacecraft.”

“By maximising Australia’s in-country space capabilities, Lockheed Martin Australia’s Hosted Missions Program would provide another major boost for the Australian space sector,” he added.

Inovor joins an extensive network of Australian SMEs and team members supporting Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver its JP9102 AIC Plan, including Av-Comm, Calytrix Technologies, Clearbox Systems, Conscia, DXC, EM Solutions, Linfox, Ronson Gears, Shoal Group and STEM Punks.

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