HAPS Challenge

Background

The HAPS Challenge aims to energise local Australian development of key technologies and to ensure Australian sovereign HAPS that have accurate station-keeping capability or long endurance capacity needed to allow deployment over an area of operations for a period of days to weeks.

How it works

Stream 1 - Automated or Autonomous HAPS Platform Station-Keeping & Constellation Maintenance / Stream 2 Automated or Autonomous Attitude Determination & Correction of Payload Support Structure leads to Phase 1 (Concept) Phase 2 (Engineering)  Phase 3 (Prototype Development & Demonstration)

Important Documents

Applications are open to businesses based in Australia and with an Australian ABN, and to Australian Publicly Funded Research Agencies (APFRAs) and organisations. 


For complete details download the following documents:

HAPS Challenge Guidelines (647kb, docx)

HAPS Challenge Terms & Conditions Phase 1 (626kb, docx)

HAPS Challenge Regulatory Considerations (616kb, docx)

HAPS Challenge Stream 2 Intellectual Property (226kb, docx)

HAPS Challenge Guidelines Addendum #1_Footnotes (191kb, pdf)

HAPS Challenge FAQ (5.5mb, pdf)

HAPS Challenge Information Presentation (6.2mb, pptx)

HAPS Challenge Information Session recorded Video and Audio (YouTube)

How to enter

  1. Download and complete the: 
  2. Submit the application (3 parts) to HAPS.Challenge@tasdcrc.com.au

HAPS Challenge Schedule

Activity

Date 

HAPS Challenge Announcement

HAPS Challenge is open. Information is available from the HAPS Challenge website. Conduct information seminars to support applicants in April 2021. 

29th March 2021 

Phase 1 Submission Due Date 

Applicants must complete Form A, Form B and Form C, and submit their application by close of business to be considered for Phase 2. 

24th May 2021 

Phase 1 Shortlist for Phase 2 completed

Applicants are shortlisted for Phase 2. All applicants are notified of the outcome. 

25th June 2021 

Phase 2 Commencement 

Phase 2 officially commences. Funding support available under Phase 2 is provided in line with these Guidelines and the applicable terms and conditions of entry.  

28th June 2021 

Phase 2 Submission Due Date

Applicants must provide their Phase 2 submissions in the required form by close of business. Applicants who did not enter Phase 2 via Phase 1 must also complete Form A and include it with their Phase 2 submission. 

8th October 2021 

Phase 2 Shortlist for Phase 3 completed 

Applicants are shortlisted for Phase 3. All applicants are notified of the outcome. 

12th November 2021 

Phase 3 Commencement

Phase 3 officially commences. Funding support available under Phase 3 is provided in line with these Guidelines and the applicable terms and conditions of entry. Applicants who did not enter Phase 3 via Phase 2 must also complete Form A and include it with their Phase 3 submission. 

15th November 2021 

Phase 3 completion and demonstration 

Successful applicants conduct demonstration and submit documentation to complete Phase 3. 

20th May 2022 

HAPS News

Calling for Self-Funded New Entrants HAPS Challenge Phase 2 – By 8 October

The HAPS Challenge remains open in both Streams for self-funded entrants in Phase 2 (Engineering) who will then be considered to progress to Phase 3 (Prototype Development & Demonstration) with potential funding in that Phase. Submissions are due by 8 October. Applicants that did not enter Phase 2 via Phase 1 must complete Form A and include it with their submission. Details of the required submission contents are contained in the HAPS Challenge Guidelines and other supporting background information is available at The HAPS Challenge site. The submission should be in the form of *.pdf documents for ease of compilation. Enquiries should be directed to HAPS.Challenge@tasdcrc.com.au.  An information session is proposed for 25 August. Details to join and the confirmed time will be provided to interested parties that register here.

HAPS Challenge update on Stage 1 - Concept 

Applications for Phase 1 of the High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) Challenge have now closed with six excellent entries having been assessed and successful entrants now being notified. 

Congratulations to the three selected Australian SMEs that now progress into Phase 2 – Engineering.  The successful entrants are pushing technologies to deploy HAPS at low-cost for persistent missions. Phase 2 will last four-months, with the entrants undertaking an engineering design study, mostly document based, in preparation for further development, testing and trials in Phase 3- Prototype Development and Demonstration.  

Australian companies not funded under Phase 2 remain welcome to apply for Phase 3 entry by completing Phase 2 activities in line with the Guidelines.

HAPS Challenge management (Sir Lawrence Wackett Defence & Aerospace Centre - RMIT, SmartSat CRC, Trusted Autonomous Systems and RAAF Air Warfare Centre) commend and thank all entrants for their applications and we look forward to seeing the progress of the selected HAPS Challenge teams. 

HAPS Challenge management is also very pleased to welcome the Bureau of Meteorology as a supporting agency of the HAPS Challenge through the provision of meteorological datasets that will assist participants to develop, verify and validate designs. 

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's source of world-class environmental intelligence. Drawing on weather, ocean, water, climate, and space expertise, the Bureau's National Security Program directly supports Australia's national security agencies to protect the lives and livelihoods of Australians, and support Australia's national interests.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.