Aerobotix teams with Australian firm on hypersonic plans

Partnership builds on firms’ expertise in robotic coating automation.

An Aerobotix precision automated system apply a custom coating.
Aerobotix specializes in precision automated systems, like this to apply custom coatings.

Huntsville-based Aerobotix has partnered with Automated Solutions Australia to support development of hypersonic missile and missile defense systems.

Both firms share an expertise in automation, especially robotic coating automation.

Last year, the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments signed the AUKUS security pact, allowing them to work together on cutting-edge hypersonic technology.

“The Aerobotix-ASA collaboration will enable the Australian defense sector and Australian defense contractors to more easily access both companies’ expertise in automation,” Aerobotix said in announcing the partnership. “The two companies became acquainted through their mutual capabilities in the robotic coating automation industry and are now working together to pursue projects for which a sovereign presence is required.”

Josh Tuttle, Aerobotix business development manager, added, “We’ll work with the U.S. State Department for approval of any technology transfer for ASA. We’ll also help ASA in other ways. For example, we can save them years of costly development work by sharing how to robotically spray FIREX™ RX-2390 Thermal Protection System coatings for missile manufacturing.”

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Both companies are turn-key robotic integration companies with expertise in precise application of paints and other coatings. Aerobotix has specific experience using robotics to scan, sand, measure and paint hypersonic missiles.

Aerobotix has already deployed several production robotic systems for hypersonics,” said Nathan Jones, ASA general manager. “They’re even making critical test parts for programs that haven’t had time to build production facilities. Their willingness to support our company, and Australia, is going to significantly reduce costs, schedule delays and program risk.”

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