Shoal has been announced as finalist in the Australian Defence Industry Awards for Space Business of the Year.

Celebrating its second year, the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards sets the new benchmark for excellence in defence, recognising the outstanding achievements made by both individuals and firms working in Australian defence industry.

The finalists in each category are progressively being released, with four categories announced yesterday. Shoal joins four other space businesses as finalists for Space Business of the Year 2020.

“With some 270 individuals and groups across the defence industry over 33 different categories, it’s a significant achievement to be recognised as a finalist for Space Business of the Year,” says Michael Waite, CEO.

Shoal has almost two decades of experience in the Australian Space sector and is a leading expert in the Space Launch regulatory framework. Since winning the Australian Space Agency’s first technical services contract, Shoal has supported the safety analyses of multiple space launches and landings. 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, and are recognised as leading systems engineers, digitising approaches across the space value chain.

From the major listed organisations and corporates servicing Australia’s defence economy to SMEs, start-ups, academic institutions and associations, the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards acknowledges the professionals and businesses that are driving innovation, change and the development of Australia’s defence sector.

Phillip Tarrant, director – Defence and Aerospace, welcomed the response to the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards, saying, “the defence industry has once again got right behind the awards, with over 270 finalists shortlisted from over 500 submissions representing over 150 companies.”

“This is an extraordinary vote of confidence for Australia’s defence industry and representative of the depth of talent we have in our sector – I would like to thank each of the entrants for their submissions and wish all the finalists the best of luck,” Mr Tarrant added.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, 26 November.