Obelisk ready for blast off
We can’t wait to follow the futures of the young team from Obelisk Systems who already have their heads in the clouds… and for good reason.
Not only have they received a $10,000 grant from Beyond Bank’s annual Community Entrepreneur Program but they’re also planning a major rocket launch in November!
Not bad for four engineering graduates from the University of Newcastle who are already attracting some serious attention, including from NASA for their unique aerospace hardware that fits into the size of a small cube.
Already local Hunter school children have had the chance to see this hardware in action and in November, Obelisk will have its embedded systems as part of an Australian payload going to the International Space Station.
Space is challenging but the team from Obelisk is making it accessible and relevant to all of us and we are thrilled to lend a helping hand as the company grows and develops.
We’re looking forward to what we are sure will be a spectacular ride! Below is a note from one of the co-founders, Andreas.
“Obelisk Systems began as a research project at UoN to design miniature satellite hardware that could be used for space education for under $1000 AUD.
Soon after this, a team expanded and now consists of Andreas Antoniades, Levi Weitenberg, Lewis Quill and Luke Hackworth whom all worked on developing the concept further.
This quickly expanded when we started to develop actual space hardware for use in both educational and satellite missions, seeing the importance of helping the Australian Space Industry grow.
Our first piece of space hardware has been scheduled for installation to the international space station on November 11, running school experiments for students across NSW and beyond.
The team plans to use these Beyond Bank funds to purchase prototypes, develop the next iteration of space and education hardware as well as to finance some of the day-to-day costs when running the business.
The small-satellite sector is a rapidly growing one: We plan to progress to some more space missions and keep developing space hardware that will make us internationally competitive.”
Andreas Antoniades, co-founder Obelisk Systems
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