Prime Minister Albanese Launches Eris Rocket at Gilmour Space Technologies (Image Credit: Space Daily)
Prime Minister Albanese Launches Eris Rocket at Gilmour Space Technologies
by Staff Writers
Gold Coast, Australia (SPX) May 17, 2023
Gilmour Space Technologies, a leading Australian aerospace company, was honored to welcome Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility today. The visit marked the official unveiling and ‘launch’ of the Eris rocket, Australia’s inaugural domestically developed orbital launch vehicle.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his enthusiasm for this remarkable achievement, stating, “This is a great Australian success story, exemplifying cutting-edge innovation, science, new technologies, and job creation. Gilmour Space Technologies, established just eight years ago, now employs 200 people at this facility, solidifying its position at the forefront of the space industry.”
During his tour of Gilmour Space’s sovereign manufacturing facility, Prime Minister Albanese participated in a new tradition of signing Australian rockets before their launch, symbolizing the nation’s support for this momentous endeavor.
Highlighting the significance of the Eris rocket, Prime Minister Albanese remarked, “You’re looking at the first Australian-made rocket that will attempt orbital space launch. Their hybrid rocket engine technology is one of the first in the world to utilize a combination of solid and liquid propellants.”
The Prime Minister further emphasized the broader impact of this achievement, stating, “When this rocket goes into space, it will carry 300 companies with it. Australia will become the 12th country in the world to gain access to this technology, which is designed, manufactured, and built right here on the Gold Coast. This landmark accomplishment will generate high-quality jobs and contribute to our vision of a future made in Australia, supported by an Australian procurement policy that champions local science and innovation.”
Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space, expressed his pride in showcasing the Australian-made orbital rocket and space manufacturing facility to the Prime Minister. He emphasized the crucial role of sovereign launch and satellite technologies in advancing Australia’s defense capabilities, communications infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing sectors. Gilmour Space is at the forefront of these transformative technologies.
Gilmour stated, “We greatly appreciate the continuous support of both the State and Federal governments towards the space industry here in Queensland. Their commitment reinforces Australian innovation, fosters the creation of high-tech jobs, and promotes advanced manufacturing.”
Gilmour Space Technologies is diligently working toward the first test launch of the Eris rocket, scheduled for later this year from the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in north Queensland. This milestone event will propel Australia into the elite group of nations that have successfully launched their own rockets into orbit, bolstering the nation’s dual-use capability.