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Media Article | The Territory’s space industry: where tradition meets innovation

Nov 16, 2018

The Territory recently hosted Boeing, CSIRO, Nova Group, the Australian Space Agency, and Equatorial Launch Australia as part of twin space forums in Darwin and Nhulunbuy.

Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia Michael Davis was joined by Boeing’s Michael deLaChapelle, CSIRO’s Phil Crosby, Australian Space Agency’s Anntonette Dailey, Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) Carley Scott, and rounding out the delegation was Nova Group’s Peter Nikoloff.

The forum’s panellists took the audience on a journey through the future of space transportation and reusable rockets, to an overview of Western Australia’s (WA) Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – set to be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope upon completion – to the space industry’s national strategic vision, before finally focusing on Australia’s first planned launch facility, Arnhem Space Centre.

The Gumatj Corporation (representing one of East Arnhem’s Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups) and ELA are working in partnership to develop Australia’s first launch facility, which will play a crucial role in the domestic and international space ecosystems.

Fittingly, the Nhulunbuy Space Forum was opened by Gumatj elder Djalu Gurruwiwi and his brothers Jason and Larry with the musical performance, Songlines of the Morning star. The song charts the journey of the Seven Sisters within what is commonly known as the Pleiades star cluster in the Taurus constellation.

Songs within Aboriginal culture have often explored the sky and outer space, many of which historically served as astronomical and navigational oral maps. In these songs, astronomical phenomena such as the function of eclipses and the tides, has been passed down from generation to generation as traditional knowledge.

The NT space forums were delivered thanks to the support of the Space Industry Association of Australia, Developing East Arnhem Limited and the Northern Territory Government. View videos of the presentations delivered on the Space Industry Association website.

Find out more about how space is already supporting the northern economy:

The Northern Territory’s Space Industry
Space and the ‘northern economy’
Australian Space Agency

And if you’re already using space or want to explore how space could support your business, please contact us.

Forum presenters and their areas of discussion

Boeing, Michael deLaChapelle: A fascinating look at the future of space transportation and reusable rockets, as well as a brief introduction on the history of hypersonic speed.

CSIRO, Dr Phil Crosby: An overview of WA’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Upon completion, it will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Situated in the WA’s remote Murchison Shire, the SKA also serves as a reminder of what is possible in arid and remote environments.

Australian Space Agency, Anny Dailey: Provided valuable insight into the national strategic vision for the space industry and its impact on broader economic sectors including precision agriculture, mining and remote operation, biomedicine, advanced manufacturing, emergency services, and urban planning.

Equatorial Launch Australia, Carley Scott: Delivered a comprehensive overview of the Arnhem Space Centre being developed near Nhulunbuy in the Territory’s East Arnhem Land. Situated on Aboriginal owned land, the project provides a fantastic example of business collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses.

Northern Territory Government, 13 November 2018

Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees.

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Nova Systems Presents at the 2018 Tactical Data Link Interoperability Summit

Nov 15, 2018

The Australia/ New Zealand Chapter of the International Data Link Society (IDLSoc) held the 2018 Tactical Data Link (TDL) Interoperability Summit in Canberra on November 12.

The summit was held prior to the Military Communication and Information Systems (MilCIS) Conference where military and government organisations, academia, and defence industries are invited to contribute to the future direction of military communications and information systems.

The aim of the summit was to inform the Australian Defence Force (ADF), stakeholders and the wider Defence Industry community of the current and future issues concerning TDL. The focus of the TDL Interoperability Summit was to bring Defence and Industry together to develop an understanding of the issues and activities currently affecting the TDL community.

With a full schedule of speakers from both Defence and Industry, Nova Systems was delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver a presentation. TDL Specialist Paul Czajkowski, provided a thought-provoking presentation that discussed the idea of the ADF defining a new way of training their TDL managers and operators.

Concentrating on a joint service approach and considering the need for on-going coalition operations, the brief discussed the merits of utilising the best of how both the US & NATO train their personnel. Paul concluded with the view that the Australian TDL community was ready to define this new way. The aspiration being to truly create a progressive and flexible TDL learning path that suitably meets the future requirements of the ADF.

The AUS/ NZ Chapter of the International Data Link Society was established in 2005 to promote IDLSoc goals on behalf of over fifty local members. Chapter achievements include hosting IDLS in 2005 and 2008, as well as the conduct of Masterclasses at the annual TDL Summit.


International Data Links Society AUS/ NZ Chapter

The IDLSoc is a non-profit, independent society for individuals and organisations involved in research, development, implementation and use of Tactical Data Links (TDL), both civil and military. Founded in 2003, the IDLSoc currently has over 600 individual members from more than 30 countries and is supported by 30 plus corporate members worldwide.


MilCIS is a unique opportunity for those investing in government and military communications and information systems. The conference facilitates a continuing dialogue between Department of Defence employees, contractors, industry and researchers to discuss current and developing technological capabilities, project initiatives, and operational requirements.

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Nova Systems Insights - Digitalisation and Safety

Nov 15, 2018

Digital strategies are a hot topic these days, with every business and industrial sector striving to determine how digitalisation can impact the bottom line.

Doug Hollett, Senior Energy Advisor, & BJ Martin, Safety & Certification Lead – Co-Lead Authors

The technology can be ripe, but if it is not integrated it can result in fast and expensive value erosion.  Integrating across different functions and operations might seem daunting, but if done correctly, the prize is streamlined operations, multi-layered efficiencies, and big bottom-line financial benefits.

“Digitalisation is a key enabler to even higher safety standards”

Laurent Troger, President of Bombardier Transportation, International Transport Forum at the OECD, March 2018

Perhaps less talked about is the potential for impact of effective operational digitalisation on safety.  Safety is at the top of every company priority list, but we often lack the durable tools and insight to make robust, lasting decisions.  Precise opportunities depend on the sector, but fundamentally improving safety results means removing people from harm’s way wherever practicable. This means giving personnel the right data and analysis to make informed decisions, balancing multiple operational factors and considerations.  It also requires a firm commitment to a systems based understanding of how the entire operation fits and works together, using sensor data and information simultaneously fused from multiple trusted and diverse sources.  Done correctly, integrated digital operations using fit for purpose data will enhance situational awareness, leading to improved safety-related decisions.

“Companies need to set a strategic ambition for digital, challenge orthodoxies in the way they work, invest in building digital capabilities while focusing on ROI, and shift cultures and ways of working.”

Digital Australia: Seizing opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, By Simon Blackburn, Michaela Freeland, and Dorian Gärtner, McKinsey & Company Report, May 2017

By example, the underground mining sector is more rapidly moving towards autonomous underground systems, with attendant challenges in communications, tracking and personnel positioning.   Integrated and trusted digital implementation means architecting and assuring multiple sensors and connected systems, with the ability to rapidly and remotely re-task equipment to highest-value operations and routing.  By minimising human operators in trucks, and removing personnel from physical operating zones, there is less risk of injury and accident.

In oil and gas plant operations, digitalisation of multiple systems can include flow rate, pressure, and volume measurements and calculations.  Digital models and remote management of compressors, wellheads and gathering systems means fewer people on the road doing scheduled and often unneeded physical checkups; you only send staff out when needed and can instead focus on the highest value work. The list of digital control potential goes on – importantly, the safety benefits reverberate throughout your business and with your reputation.

Learnings can be applied from the aerospace industry, where leading companies such as Boeing have gained long-standing benefits by assuring complex systems to engineered requirements and operational concepts before successfully deploying them into the field.  From our test pilot co-founder through to our clients in the high hazard industries we now serve – Nova Systems appreciates, better than most, that safety has to be done right the first time.  Done correctly, digitalisation can help to enable this to happen.

The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Digitalisation and Safety, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources


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NOVA SYSTEMS INSIGHTS - Digital Twin for Energy and Resources Sectors

Nov 8, 2018

The 4th industrial revolution is well underway in the Energy and Resources sectors, harnessing digital technology to combine the physical and digital worlds into a new kind   of intelligent operation.

Shane Hemmens, Senior Systems Engineer – Lead Author

Some early adopters have already made the transition to “Smart Operations”, while many others are only now exploring the benefits that digital technology can deliver.  In this rapidly changing environment, Nova Systems has developed digital technologies and capabilities which have the ability to help you remain competitive with, or even be ahead of your competitors.

The challenge of digitalisation is not just choosing the right technologies, but also integrating them seamlessly with the asset in a way that delivers consistent long-term savings. In addition, it’s a complex environment, and operators will need to embrace multiple digital technologies in order to unlock the kind of value needed to keep an asset profitable and competitive until the end of its planned life. The ‘lower for longer’ commodity price environment requires a ‘smarter for longer’ response. But where to start? A key enabler of any integrated approach to digitalisation is the Digital Twin.


“A Digital Twin is a dynamic, virtual representation of an asset that is permanently connected to its physical counterpart through digital data.”


Data collected from the physical asset provides the operational context (i.e. the “experience”) that allows the Digital Twin to mimic the behaviour of the real asset, while allowing the operator to employ digital tools to gain insights, improve effectiveness, and make better decisions about the operation of the asset.

The majority of Digital Twins available in the market today are either simulation-based twins or data-based twins. This is a 1st-generation approach.  Simulation and data analytics are useful for understanding more about the behaviour of the physical asset, and can be used to solve simple or moderate problems that have few interdependencies. Usually, however, the asset operates within a complex operation made up of numerous equipment, people and processes. The operation itself may exist within a complex business that is driven by strategic goals, market factors (financial and commodity) and internal dependencies. Turning useful asset insights into actual business value requires the complexity at all these levels to be captured. The goal is to create a Digital Twin of the enterprise, not just the equipment.


“The Nova Digital Twin combines simulation, modelling and data analytics as well as top-down business modelling into a single integrated platform”


This combination allows for customisation of the Digital Twin to solve specific client problems and provides the capability to address a wide range of issues, including those that cannot be solved by simulation or data analytics alone.

Characteristics of the Nova Digital Twin

  • Created using Systems Engineering methods to focus on high-yield Use Cases (transformational benefits)
  • Capture business and engineering workflows as well as physical assets
  • Enterprise-wide integrated view of choke points and opportunities
  • Provides live insights into performance, safety, cost drivers and asset integrity
  • Strong and stable performance in constantly changing systems
  • Platform to integrate further digital technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT)


The Nova Digital Twin is a platform customised for our clients by building it around specific problems to be solved, called Use Cases. By collaborating with our clients through agile development techniques, we are able to provide a Digital Twin that delivers immediate benefits while providing a scalable solution that will continue to deliver business value in the long term:

  • Subject matter expert (SME) knowledge capture and re-use for improved decision making
  • Dynamic responses (playbooks) for selected scenarios to minimise down time and lost production
  • Real-time monitoring and alerts for asset integrity and process safety
  • Constant predictive look-ahead based on accurate network modelling and simulation
  • Virtual training environment for scenario replay and what-if assessments
  • Improved planning and forecasting for daily production


“The Nova Digital Twin provides a single-source-of-truth reference point that ensures a common set of business intelligence is updated in near real-time and shared across the whole organisation from top to bottom”


The single-source-of-truth principle improves decision making and enhances business agility – the ability for the organisation to respond rapidly to changing internal or external influences in a coordinated manner. When applied to various levels of an organisation, the insights provided by the Nova Digital Twin can deliver specific benefits to user groups at all levels.


The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Digital Twin for Energy and Resources Sectors, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources


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Nova Systems to Exhibit at MilCIS 2018

Nov 5, 2018

Nova Systems – along with Nova Group partner Geoplex – are exhibiting at the Military Communications and Information Systems (MilCIS) Conference 2018 in Canberra 13 -15 November.

MilCIS is a unique opportunity for those investing in government and military communications and information systems.

In November each year, the Defence Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) partners with the University of New South Wales, Canberra and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) to present MilCIS.

MilCIS is the only Australian conference that focuses strategically on the crucial technologies, products, systems and services associated with military communications and information systems.

Visit our stand at #F28 in the Ballroom Foyer to find out why Nova Systems is the trusted partner in the assured delivery of sovereign cyber, intelligence, spectrum and space capability.

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