Shoal Group announced as finalists in 2020 Australian Space Awards

Shoal Group are pleased to advise that we are finalists in the Australian Space Awards, announced today. The inaugural awards aim to showcase Australia’s best and brightest space businesses and professionals, designed to acknowledge individuals and businesses working across areas ranging from research and academia, to innovation and commercialisation.

Members of our team are finalists in the following Australian Space Award categories:

  • Executive of the year – congratulations to our Chief Engineer, Kevin Robinson
  • Graduate of the year – congratulations to our Systems Engineer, Conor MacDonald

We’d also like to offer our congratulations to James Dean, finalist in the ‘Engineer of the year’ category. James worked with Shoal for over three years.

Shoal Group is a finalist in the following categories:

  • Business of the year – SME
  • Defence business of the year
  • Graduate program of the year.

“Being listed as a finalist in so many categories is quite a thrill,” says Michael Waite, CEO. “It’s also testament to the diversity of thought we have harnessed here at Shoal and the determination of our team to make a difference.”

“I am enormously proud of their achievements and congratulate our Shoalers for each playing a part in elevating our position in the Space sector,” he said.

Shoal has almost two decades of experience in the Australian Space sector, having enabled space launches, researched international approaches, explored opportunities, and revolutionised the digital transformation in space systems engineering since our company was founded in 2001. From designing a nano-sat based high quality communications service for the Antarctic Broadband program, to ensuring the JAXA Hayabusa Spacecraft returned to earth safely, Shoal has broad and deep coverage in the Australian Space sector.

Most recently, we worked together with Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC) and the Australian Space Agency to revise the Flight Safety Code and Maximum Probable Loss Methodology, including the development of a Maximum Probable Loss Estimator Tool. This was the Australian Space Agency’s first technical services contract, resulting in the update of the Space Launch regulatory Framework. Shoal are now leading experts in the Space Launch regulatory framework and will be applying this expertise to assist students to reduce risk and improve safety through application of modelling and simulation in their rocket design and development.

Winners will be announced at an Awards event in Sydney on Thursday 26 March 2020.