Hobart, Australia, 21 July 2021 – Technology solutions company, HENSOLDT Australia’s, Hobart office was officially opened by the Hon Michael Ferguson Member of Parliament, Minister for Science & Technology. The new office signifies HENSOLDT’s investment in developing a sovereign Australian Space Domain Awareness capability, together with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the announcement of funding for a PhD scholar at the University of Tasmania.
The MoU, between HENSOLDT Australia, the Tasmanian Government represented by the Department of State Growth (DSG), and the University of Tasmania, establishes the TEAM Tasmania initiative to take the next step in establishing Tasmania as the centre for Space Domain Awareness in Australia.
“Tasmania is a collective of first-class capability,” says Scott Reeman, Vice President Tasmania and General Manager Strategy ANZ. “We are excited to be opening our Hobart office to work closely with TEAM Tasmania on Australia’s sovereign Space Domain Awareness capability and other local partners to realise opportunities in the Space, Maritime, Defence and Clean Energy domains together.”
The founding members of TEAM Tasmania each bring a unique competitive advantage to the partnership; HENSOLDT, as a global leader in space radar technology and systems development, the University of Tasmania as a world-renowned research institution, with significant expertise and infrastructure in space observation and tracking, and the Tasmanian Government, in funding and building on the MOU with the Australian Space Agency in 2019, to position Tasmania as the centre for space research, development and commercialisation. TEAM Tasmania will create the Southern Guardian Space Domain Awareness System (Southern Guardian) to develop a sovereign competitive advantage for the state and the nation.
“Tasmania’s southern location makes it ideally positioned to observe and track space objects, like satellites and space debris, in polar orbits” says Mr Reeman. “We have already commenced working with researchers at the University of Tasmania to refine approaches to object tracking and orbit projections and are very proud to fund a PhD candidate in this endeavour.”
The University of Tasmania manages an array of space infrastructure, capable of observing near-Earth orbiting objects, satellites and space debris and further afield objects including the tracking of distant space missions and asteroids. Southern Guardian will capture and analyse this space observation data to track, categorise and identify objects and potential threats. HENSOLDT Australia’s Hobart facility will be the centre for the Southern Guardian systems integration and data analysis, which will further fuel innovation and opportunities for both Defence and commercial space operations.
In addition to space, HENSOLDT Australia provides technology solutions across maritime, defence and clean energy, aligning closely with Tasmania’s key industry sectors. HENSOLDT’s Hobart office cements the TEAM Tasmania partnership with a local base to develop connections and build a local workforce to support space, maritime, clean energy and defence opportunities. The company is currently recruiting, seeking a range of skillsets including systems engineering, electronics, project management, radar, technicians, repair, maintenance, and calibration skills.
About HENSOLDT Australia
HENSOLDT Australia is a technology solutions company, providing integrated, multi-domain technology solutions, analytics and services across Defence, Space, Clean Energy and Maritime sectors. With both systems integration and engineering services, HENSOLDT Australia is recognised for introducing leading technologies, delivering radars and electronic systems, integrated bridge systems, hydrogen systems, electro-optronic devices and air traffic control equipment, as well as providing through life support services to our customers.
HENSOLDT Australia is headquartered in Canberra, with offices in Hobart, Newcastle and Adelaide, and a growing team that support various Defence programs and civilian applications across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
HENSOLDT Australia is part of the HENSOLDT Group and consolidates the portfolio of products and solutions offered to the Australian and New Zealand market. HENSOLDT is a German champion in the defence industry with a leading market position in Europe and a global reach. Headquartered in Taufkirchen near Munich/Germany, the company develops sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT also continuously expands its Cyber portfolio and develops new products to combat a wide range of threats based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cybersecurity. With more than 5,600 employees, HENSOLDT generated revenues of 1.2 billion euros in 2020. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the SDAX stock market index there.
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