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UK-AUS Commercial Collaboration Enhancing UK Space Command Capabilities


The ARTSIM contract will create a minimum of 13 jobs over the contract duration across the UK and Australia. NORSS, UK, foresee a minimum of 5 new jobs created while Nominal, Australia, anticipate an additional 8 jobs created.

A unique international collaboration between UK-based Space Situational Awareness Specialists Northern Space and Security Limited (NORSS), and Nominal Systems of Australia have been awarded a contract to develop a spacecraft and missions simulator solution, ARTSIM, to support the UK MOD’s future satellite operational plans. The software-based solution will support the complete mission lifecycle from initial design activities, through testing and verification, commissioning and in supporting spacecraft and mission operation as a ‘ground reference solution’ as well as end of life/disposal. Blending state-of-the-art simulation with high-quality visualisations, ARTSIM will provide a modular, event-driven, fully data representative satellite simulation architecture.

As the UK’s primary end-to-end Space Situational Awareness (SSA) experts, NORSS are delivering critical insights to Government, industry, and defence for mission success. Offering training, operational support, technology research and development, and providing new bespoke sensor platforms to the UK, NORSS are executing on their vision to partner with world-leading companies globally to make a significant difference in the space industry, both domestically and internationally.

“In the short time since its inception NORSS has been blessed to meet and collaborate with some talented individuals and companies from overseas. This project is not only a natural extension of our continuing Space Situational Awareness development but also marks a significant and unprecedented collaboration across global hemispheres. We’re delighted to be working with the Nominal team on this project providing significant capabilities to the newly formed Space Command and excited about the additional benefits our partnership will create”.

Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley, Founder and Executive Director of NORSS

As Australia’s leading provider of satellite digital engineering software, Nominal Systems is proud to be partnering with NORSS to deliver ARTSIM to the UK MOD. Built on the Nominal simulation platform, Nominal Systems is excited to be able to help fast-track the UK MOD’s space programmes through this unique collaboration between Australia and the UK.

“We’re excited to be part of this unique Australia/UK collaboration with our partners, NORSS, and look forward to providing our digital twinning architecture, Nominal, to fast-track the delivery of ARTSIM to support the design, testing and operations of the UK MOD’s space programmes.

Dr. Christopher Capon, Co-Founder and CEO of Nominal Systems


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