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Media Release | Nova Systems awarded Defence Innovation Hub Contract

Mar 5, 2018

Nova Systems has been awarded a Defence Innovation Hub contract for the Technology Demonstration of a full scale high speed, unmanned Mobile Target System that is capable of significant stand-off control, on sealed, unsealed and off roads.

The agile high-speed target intends to represent real operational scenarios where engagement can happen from any direction to enhance precision lethality training and testing for air and land-based Defence personnel.

Named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Companies, Nova Systems has been developing the concept through an internal Innovation Project aimed at enhancing its Test & Trials service offering.

Commenting on the contract award, Nova Systems Group Chief of Capability & Strategy Nick Kemp said “This is an exciting project for our innovation team. We have put a lot of thought into adapting commercially available all-terrain vehicles, for Unmanned applications. This option could provide Defence a low cost, expendable, high speed option that enhances their operational training and testing’.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne provided a release stating, ‘The Defence Innovation Hub is a key initiative of the Turnbull government bringing industry and Defence together to undertake collaborative innovation activities from concept through to introduction into service’. Click here to view the original release.


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Media Article | Make-A-Wish grants moon flight for 4yo Dwayne Franke

Mar 1, 2018

Qantas and Nova Systems recently contributed to a Make a Wish experience for 4 year old Dwayne, by providing many space items and a Rocket!

Make-A-Wish grants moon flight for 4yo Dwayne Franke who lives with epilepsy

After almost a year of planning, a four-year-old South Australian boy has had his wish to travel to the “moon” fulfilled.

Dwayne Franke experiences daily seizures and his medication is unable to control his epilepsy.

It means in the past year alone, he has been in hospital more than a dozen times.

Last night — after some pretty extensive planning — the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted that wish.

Donning an orange space suit, his parents took him to Adelaide Airport, where he was greeted by Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and issued a special ticket.

Dwayne got to sit in the cockpit of a specially-prepared QantasLink plane before the big flight, then took his seat in the main cabin as it “blasted off”.

In what seemed no time at all, the space adventurers arrived at the “moon” to a lunar landscape — created in an airport hangar from rocks, tonnes of sand and special visual effects.

And just as the four-year-old suspected, aliens and superheroes including Spiderman and Batman, really do live on the moon.

Dwayne even got to plant a special flag in the sandy surface of the moon before making his return flight to Earth.

‘Incredible experience’

Dwayne’s mother Rebecca described it as an “incredible experience”.

She said her son had been distracted from recent medical treatment by the excitement of telling hospital staff he was about to head to the moon.

“They were trying to put in a drip and, between seizures and through all the hurt, he was trying to tell the nurses about going to the moon,” she said.

“It is something that is distracting him from what he’s going through at the moment.”

She said he was “absolutely elated after the experience”.

“He looked at the moon early this morning and said ‘I went there last night!’ It has been the most wonderful experience and our family will be forever grateful to Make-A-Wish and Qantas for making our little boy’s dream come true.”

Qantas manager at Adelaide Airport Paul Newman praised his staff who volunteered their time.

“It’s been heart-warming to see Qantas employees from all over volunteer their time to make Dwayne’s wish come true,” he said.

“It’s really been all hands on deck to make this a reality.”

Make-A-Wish chief executive Sally Bateman said granting such dreams helped sick children and their families in tough times.

“Our wishes are about taking critically-ill children like Dwayne on a journey that creates a long-lasting impact and gives strength and hope,” she said.

Almost a year of planning went into the expedition, which started when he was given a moon lamp to keep next to his bed.

He also got regular letters from an astronaut and worked hard to design the flag he finally planted on the lunar surface.

View the original article here.

(Image Supplied: Make A Wish)

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Nova Systems proud to support Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union

Feb 26, 2018

Nova Systems wishes the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) the best of luck in the upcoming Commonwealth Navies Rugby Championship (CNRC), to be hosted in Portsmouth, (United Kingdom).

Departing 23 February, the RANRU touring squad will play a series of games in preparation for the tournament, including a fixture against the French Navy in Toulon, ahead of competing for the CRNC title 12 March.

As principal tour sponsor, Nova Systems are delighted to have the opportunity to support an organisation with so much history, that has so many impressive athletes who very professionally strive to develop and drive a strong team culture.

Nova Systems signed for a further 2 years as principal sponsor for the 2018/19 seasons after a successful 2017 campaign culminating in a celebration ceremony at the International Maritime Exposition, PACIFIC2017, with the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC RAN in attendance.

Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated International technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems.


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Chief of Navy visits Nova Systems at PAC

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Nova proudly donates $40k to CanTeen

Feb 16, 2018

Nova recently presented CanTeen with a donation of $40,016.05.

This donation was raised through the hard work and physical effort of 13 riders and support crew, cycling 1080km from Adelaide South Australia, to Melbourne, Victoria via the Coorong and the Great Ocean Road in late 2017.

The 8 day bike ride significantly exceeded the target goal amount of $15,000 and was made possible through the generosity of the Nova community, and sponsors including Cooks Trailers, Solitaire Automotive group, and 99 Bikes.

Presenting the donation to CanTeen at their recent Water Wonderland Rec Day in Adelaide, Nova Group Chief Information Officer Tas Ranson said “We are very proud to support young people 12-25 whose world has been turned upside down by Cancer. We hope that this money will help make a real difference to the lives of a good number of people affected by Cancer.”

CanTeen helps young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancerconnect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, we also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams. Just when life should be full of possibilities, cancer crashes into a young person’s world and shatters everything. Cancer pushes them back in to the nest, makes them grow up too fast and weighs them down with worries they’re not supposed to have yet. Canteen is there to help.

Donate to CanTeen here


Nova Systems starts the ‘The Long Ride’ for Canteen


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Tim Ryan wins AIDN Young Achiever

Feb 15, 2018

Congratulations to Nova’s own Tim Ryan for taking out the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) National Young Achiever Award for 2018.

Tim has been involved in multiple tasks requiring innovative solutions and rapid action. He has completed tasks associated with commercial and military aircraft with emphasis on rotary wing aircraft.  Tim has also been involved in the evolution and application of UAV’s for military and civil applications.

Simulation is a keen interest. Tim has also been working closely with our Work Experience and Graduate Engineer programs.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne and Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts were in attendance to present the award to Tim.

The annual YAA was created in 2008 to recognise the important contribution made by young people in Australia’s defence industry. The award is held at the AIDN chapter (state and territory) level, with chapter winners competing for the national award.

The AIDN YAA state finalists were:

  • ACT – Zachory Major, Codarra Advanced Systems
  • NSW – Ella Dion, Thales Australia
  • QLD – Tim Ryan, Nova Systems
  • SA – Henry Schilg, Supershock
  • WA – Adam Britto, Thales Australia

(Photo credit – Defence Connect)

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