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Defence & Space


Shoal has been supporting Defence and Space sectors since we were founded in 2001. Our expertise enhances the ability to design and develop the complex cyber-physical capabilities they need.

Across the defence sector, in Australia and abroad, we provide systems engineering support to both government and industry programs. We  provide the digital thread from Defence strategy to detailed capability design; modelling and simulation of Defence systems, analytics for evidence based decision making; and digital transformation.

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 too. Our experience spans Australian space launches, researching international approaches, exploring opportunities, and revolutionising the digital transformation in space systems engineering.




  • Conceptualisation of requirements to build defence capability
  • Inter-dependencies and interrelationships of legacy systems and new capabilities
  • Realistic, scenario based data for decision making
  • Mitigation of safety, security and performance risk
  • Effective allocation and use of project resources
  • Compliance to the Space Launch regulatory framework
  • Empirical evidence to demonstrate Space Launch compliance
  • Safe and effective sovereign space launches
  • Flexible, agile, robust and scalable digital engineering capability
  • Fast, effective system engineering development Reduction in deficiencies in space systems design
  • Digital systems engineering capacity and maintenance of a leading edge mindset




  • Early lifecycle Systems Engineering
  • Model Based Systems Engineering
  • Creating the digital thread from strategy to systems requirements
  • Digital transformation of Systems Engineering
  • Weapons systems modelling, simulation and analysis
  • Probabilistic range and flight safety
  • Space system capability design and realisation
  • Space systems decision support analytics and evidence base generation
  • High-fidelity space systems modelling and performance predictions
  • Revolutionising digital transformation in Space Systems Engineering
  • Application of machine learning to space based problems
  • Accelerating careers of next generation Space System Engineers