Australian-owned defence technology company DefendTex has achieved a breakthrough in space technology with the first successful test-firing of a Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE).
Designed and developed as part of the Cooperative Research Centre Project for Responsive Access to Space, the RDE brings Australia one step closer to a sovereign space launch capability. The next-gen propulsion technology of RDEs have the potential to unlock high-speed flight or responsive space access, and future development of RDE technology could lead to an integrated space launch system that will see Australia launching satellites and other assets into space.
Headquartered in Victoria's Dandenong South, DefendTex is counted among the most innovative space technology companies in the country, collaborating with university researchers to access next level scientific knowledge. The RDE project was supported by contributions from RMIT University, University of Sydney and University of South Australia.
The Defence Science Institute is proud to have associated with DefendTex in the past, having supported the placement of a number of PhD interns within the company through APR.Intern. The students' tertiary expertise helped the company delve deeper into the research of defence technology and its application in the real world, and bolstered its continued pursuit of innovation.
We congratulate DefendTex on their success and look forward to future accomplishments in this space.
Read the DefendTex Media Release here.