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Latest News From Nova Systems

Nova Systems Enabling Australian First Beyond Line of Sight Drone Trial 

Dec 20, 2016

Nova Systems has partnered with Queensland Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS) to conduct an Australian first trial of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations involving UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems and the Telstra LTE network.

Under current regulations, pilots must be able to see their drone at all times – operating below 400ft, and not over populated areas – unless granted an exemption by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The trials will investigate how drones can be used by Queensland’s local councils to prepare for and recover from cyclones, storms, floods, fires, and any other disaster/emergency scenarios.

Nova’s support includes development of the trial safety case, and design of the trial to ensure rigorous test and investigation of technologies that will support BVLOS operations into the future. These important activities will leverage Nova’s extensive background, experience and proprietary methodologies with military drone safety case development, notably with the RAAF Heron Safety Case for operations in civil controlled airspace.

Nova’s significant Test and Evaluation experience supporting the Australian Defence Force is a key enabler for CASA approval of these trials.

The trials are intended to include:

  • Multiple drones operating BVLOS in the same airspace at the same time,
  • Command and Control of drones over LTE,
  • Payload data distribution over LTE,
  • Exercising a new approach to BVLOS Safety Case approval, and
  • Feedback to CASA on the effectiveness of safety measures.

This is a first step in the establishment of a framework for future advanced trials in Australia which will provide significant insight into the future of BVLOS operations.

An Australian first, the trials will aim to operate multiple drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight at the same time, over populated areas, above 400ft.

Nova Systems is Australia’s largest privately owned defence engineering Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, providing industry and government with world class independent expertise in delivering complex projects and solving technologically challenging problems.

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Rachel Harch wins AIDN-QLD Young Achiever Award 2016

Nov 25, 2016

Congratulations to Rachel Harch, who last night took out the Queensland AIDN (Australian Industry & Defence Network ) Young Achiever award for 2016!

The Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc (AIDN) recognises that driven and talented young people are the key to the future of the defence industry. As such AIDN annually invites young professionals to demonstrate their achievements by entering the AIDN-Qld Young Achiever Award (YAA).  In order to recognise individuals who may be future industry leaders, AIDN has created the AIDN Young Achiever Award.

Nova Systems was represented very well last with Leisa James also nominated. Congratulations to Leisa too. The judges noted that the quality of applicants was very high and that the competition was close.

Rachel, the state nominee, will now attend the AIDN National Annual Dinner to be held in Canberra in February.

Congratulations Rachael.

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Nova Systems to Exhibit at AusRail 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Our Transport Team, lead by Program Manager – Jim Kira, will be attending the annual AusRAIL conference next week on  the 22nd and 23rd of November.

AusRAIL is the largest rail event in Australasia and is supported by the leading industry associations, including the Australasian Railway Association (ARA); Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE); Railway Technical Society Australasia (RTSA); & the Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA).

To contact Jim, or to find out more about our Transport capabilities and services, visit the Transport page here.

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Nov 16, 2016

Hear Nova Group Director, Peter Nikoloff providing commentary in The Wire’s latest feature story – BOLDLY EXPLORING THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES OF SPACE

“The economic potential to be gained from increasing Australia’s involvement in the international space industry was the key topic at an Industry Development Forum hosted by the Space Industry Association of Australia and Defence SA.


Listen to the report here

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