The SpIRIT mission is a partnership between The University of Melbourne, Sitael Australia, Inovor Technologies, Neumann Space and Nova Systems, receiving grant funding from the Australian Space Agency’s International Space Investment: Expand Capability grant opportunity.
SpIRIT is also supported by the Italian Space Agency, and in an advisory role by the United Kingdom Space Agency.
The SpIRIT consortium is led by the Principal Investigator A/Prof. Michele Trenti (School of Physics), and the Deputy PI Dr. Airlie Chapman (Department of Mechanical Engineering).
- Melbourne Space Laboratory
is a research group within the University of Melbourne focused on the development of space missions with the end goal of increasing Australian capabilities for in-orbit astrophysics research. The lab’s group includes experienced engineers and scientists who have worked on multiple international space missions.
The High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites – Scientific Pathfinder is a mission concept to probe the X-ray temporal emission of bright high-energy transients. 11 partners from 5 European countries form the HERMES consortium, under the guidance of the European and Italian Space Agencies.VISIT
- Inovor Technologies
is the only provider of Australian satellite technologies built using an Australian supply chain. It employs more than 40 specialist engineers, scientists and project managers; its unique range of small satellite buses is called ‘Apogee’.VISIT
- Neumann Space
is an Australian-owned company developing an innovative solid-state electric propulsion system that can fulfill all requirements for Low Earth Orbit mission profiles. The technology is patented and offers a sovereign capability to Australia.Visit
- Sitael Australia
is the Australian subsidiary of Italy’s largest privately owned Space Company SITAEL S.p.A., with over 30 years of space technology and satellite solutions heritage.visit
- Nova Systems
is an Australian-owned engineering services company with a nearly 20-year track record of delivering SATCOMs, as well as test and evaluation solutions to Defence in Australia.VISIT
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Australian Space Agency
Space technology and services benefit all Australians, and underpins a lot of the daily conveniences Australians have come to expect. Securing the future of Australia’s space sector is at the core of the mandate of the Australian Space Agency.
Italian Space Agency
The Italian Space Agency is a national public body supervised by the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Thanks to its efforts, the Italian scientific community has obtained unprecedented successes in the field of astrophysics and cosmology in the last decades, particularly in understanding the phenomenon of gamma-ray bursts.
The Italian Space Agency is leading the HERMES-TP/SP project, and agreements are in preparation between the University of Melbourne, the Italian Space Agency and the HERMES-TP/SP consortium to regulate intellectual property and data sharing.