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CONTRACT AWARD A TICK TO
NSAG has received a $2.8m purchase order which
will see NSAG supply the Integrated Platform
Management System (IPMS) to the Royal Australian
Navy's AOR (Auxiliary Oil Replenishment) ships
currently under construction under Defence’s
SEA1654 program. The order was signed in
A critical control system on-board a Navy vessel,
the IPMS is key to the safety of sailors and provides
a significant control over ship operation. The IPMS
developed by NSAG has already been installed on
the two Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships
and aboard the three Hobart Class Destroyers.
NSAG, a Navantia Australia and SAGE
Automation Joint Venture will install the enclosures
and consoles and provide IPMS support under a
five year support contract.
Navantia Australia’s Managing Director Francisco
Barón has welcomed the announcement and
used the occasion to highlight the importance of
partnering with Australian experts to contribute to
the Australian ship building industry.
“NSAG will play a critical role in continuing to
develop skills to support the naval shipbuilding
industry into the future as we support the
Government’s naval shipbuilding enterprise”, Mr
Barón said. “The NSAG joint venture between
Navantia Australia and SAGE Automation is a key
partnership which Navantia Australia has undertaken
to help grow Australian skills and capabilities to
contribute to these important programs.”
SAGE Automation’s CEO Adrian Fahey says that
this partnership drives diversification and supports
“NSAG has the capability, resources and
commitment to remain a key member of the local
supply chain for naval shipbuilding and ongoing
support in Australia”.
“This successful partnership has been a catalyst
in our diversification to become an advanced
manufacturer, which is enabling us to compete
globally and support other Australian businesses to
do the same” Mr Fahey concluded.
NSAG has submitted proposals for the Offshore
Patrol Vessels and will be part of Navantia’s bid for
the Future Frigates, opportunities that will bring to
South Australian jobs that are in the most innovative
space of the shipbuilding.
This latest contract brings the total Royal
Australian Navy (RAN) ships with the NSAG IPMS
to a total of 7, supporting more than 1500 crew to
operate the RAN’s newest naval assets.
ESPS Cantabria of the Royal Spanish Armada departs in company with HMAS Success of the Royal Australian Navy
off the coast of Sydney. Credit: CoA / Peter Thompson
BOEING, DARPA TO
DESIGN, BUILD, TEST NEW
– A R LINGTON, Va., 24 May, 2017 –
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to
design, build and test a technology demonstration
vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)
Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable
spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a
small expendable upper stage to launch small
(3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth
orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the
Once the spaceplane – called Phantom Express
reaches the edge of space, it would deploy the
second stage and return to Earth. It would then
land on a runway to be prepared for its next flight
by applying operation and maintenance principles
similar to modern aircraft.
“Phantom Express is designed to disrupt and
transform the satellite launch process as we know
it today, creating a new, on-demand space-launch
capability that can be achieved more affordably
and with less risk,” said Darryl Davis, president,
Boeing Phantom Works.
The Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine, a
version of the legacy Space Shuttle main engine,
would power the spaceplane. It is designed to be
reusable and operates using liquid oxygen and
liquid hydrogen fuel.
Phantom Express would offer an advanced
airframe design as well as third-generation
thermal protection to create a vehicle capable
of flying at high flight velocity, while carrying a
smaller, more affordable expendable upper stage
to achieve the mission objectives.
In the test phase of the program, Boeing and
DARPA plan to conduct a demonstration of 10
flights over 10 days.
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