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Nova Group places in the 2018 Most Innovative Companies List

Jul 31, 2018

Nova Group – Nova Systems parent brand – is delighted to announce today that for the sixth time, the company has placed in the Most innovative Companies in Australia, 2018.

Nova Group ranked 84th on the overall list, from over 1000 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. The full Top 100 list can be viewed here.

Nova Group’s submission came from a combination of experiences working with clients to develop smart city solutions, specifically Autonomous Air Traffic Management. Through a series of trials, including the most complex and advance drone trial ever completed in Australia, Nova Group can now independently test and evaluate technologies that are safe and efficient to a level acceptable by regulators.

Jon Couldrick, Nova Group Innovation Manager said, “This year’s award is a culmination of 3 years work developing our idea into a viable offering that has the ability to advise regulators and governments on the safety of multi-drone operations.”

Nova Group’s approach to solving this technology-controlled problem, has led to governments and regulators throughout South East Asia and Europe applying the lessons learned to their own unique set of challenges.

‘I’m really proud of our team that have worked on this solution. We are now positioned with NASA, and the FAA (Federal aviation Administration) to be setting regulatory expectations across the globe.” Jon said.

“The field of entrants for the 2018 AFR Most Innovative Companies list is the highest quality we have seen in seven years of judging the list. Making the 2018 list is a massive achievement and signals that the organisation is not only producing highly impactful innovations, but also has a sustainable approach to growth.”  Dr Amantha Imber, CEO Inventium said.

The Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies list (previously the BRW Most Innovative Com­panies list) is now in its seventh year. The list ranks the most innovative organisations in Australia and New Zealand, and is the only national, cross-industry list of its kind. The list is judged and compiled by Inventium – Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. Inventium uses a unique, scientifically proven approach to help organisations grow through innovation. In 2018, the list comprised of a Top 100, compiled from over 1000 nomi­nations.

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


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Nova Systems is proud to support the Women’s Royal Australian Navy Rugby Team

Jul 30, 2018

The Royal Australian Navy and French Navy engaged in a fierce battle in Sydney with the visitors claiming victory. The marine women’s rugby tour is part of an awareness campaign for gender equality in the workplace, as shown on Australia news network SBS.

View the full game below.



Nova Systems proud to support Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union

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Farnborough International Airshow 2018

Jun 26, 2018

Nova Systems will be making a significant leap into the future this Summer by having its biggest ever display at the Farnborough International Airshow from 16th to the 20th of July.

Showcasing its trials helicopter G-NSYS outside the entrance to Hall 4 (with some interesting equipment attached), nova will also have a bigger and more imposing stand at 4A2 where potential customers will be able to meet the team.  Featuring an integral meeting room this will certainly be a great place to come if you want to rest your feet and chat through the wide ranging Aerospace offer that Nova Systems can deliver.

Notably Nova will share the stand with our sister Part21 company, GVH Aerospace, who will also be showing off their AeroStretcher fitted to G-NSYS.

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Media Release - Nova Systems strengthens its SATCOM Management Capability

Jun 25, 2018

Nova Systems has recently developed an innovative new proprietary toolset, enhancing its proven ability to deliver SATCOM Management solutions to its clients.

The new toolset, AGILESAT®, supports the delivery of ‘SATCOM Mobility’ solutions including communications-on-the-move (COTM) system support; maritime and land rapid-deploy system support; HTS dynamic service management; multi-satellite coverage planning; MILSATCOM steerable and shaped satellite coverage planning.

Nova Systems successfully provides defence and industry, SATCOM and Network Management solutions including Systems Modelling and Simulation, Earth Station Design and Testing, Satellite Payload Design and In-Orbit Testing, Link Planning, and SATCOM Training. The addition of the AGILESAT® toolset will strengthen this through life  capability assurance offering and will enable existing monitor and control tools, and modern managers, into a single integrated environment.

The AGILESAT® toolset, has the global leading DataMiner multi-vendor Network Management System (NMS) at its core and has highly customizable user interfaces that are intuitive, extremely graphical and perfectly suited to the situational awareness and the high-tempo demands of a Government or Defence network operations centre (NOC).

Nick Pengelly, Nova Systems General Manager – Communications, Information and Space commented, ‘The AGILESAT toolset enables live ultimate control and management of agile SATCOM systems.’

 The toolset has been specifically developed in Australia to address new-generation satellite systems focused on high-rate, high-mobility applications.’ Nick said.

Nova Systems selected DataMiner – developed by Skyline Communications – to be the foundation of the new toolset, based on the extensively proven capability and wider success for not only the maritime SATCOM sector but also the satellite, broadcasting, cable, telco and mobile industry. DataMiner brings unparalleled data connectivity, flexibility and tuneable management features that are well-suited to the Government SATCOM and Defence SATCOM industry sector.

“Our DataMiner platform enables the customer to implement tailored solutions immediately on the fly, which results in a highly efficient process of striving towards the highest possible operational excellence,” says Naveendran Murthy, Sales Manager APAC at Skyline Communications. “The system is highly versatile and adapts seamlessly to the operational needs of this sector.”

AGILESAT® greatly simplifies the task of adding ComSATCOM (Commercial SATCOM) capacity to an existing national SATCOM capability.

The emerging SATCOM managed applications enabled by AGILESAT® include communications-on-the-move (COTM), multi-satellite maritime SATCOM, drone video backhaul, telemedicine video and agile secure network extensions.

AGILESAT® makes high-rate SATCOM for mobility platforms simple to implement – at both ends of the satellite link, for both the central NOC site and the new field user.

Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated International technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems, within Defence, Defence Industry, Aerospace, Transportation and Energy and Utility sectors. With offices throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and Norway, Nova Systems is committed to solving the problems that really matter.


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Jim Whalley appointed patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum

Jun 3, 2018

Nova Systems is delighted to announce that Co-founder and Chairman, Jim Whalley has accepted the appointment of Patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum.

The South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM), founded in 1984, has a strong history in historic aircraft displays and restorations, holding several engine run and open cockpit days for aviation enthusiasts and historians throughout the year.

Succeeding the Honourable Alexander Downer AC as Patron, Jim will become the fourth Patron since the museum was founded.

I’m delighted and honoured to take on the appointment of Patron of the museum. The SAAM plays a significant role in the ongoing celebration of South Australia’s Aviation history’ Jim Whalley said

A former air force fighter pilot and test pilot with over 6,000 flying hours on more than 40 aircraft types, Jim is a graduate of the RAF Empire Test Pilots’ School and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a BSc from the University of NSW.

Jim is active in several business forums and is a director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and Australian Naval Infrastructure; and is a member of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Advisory Board, the Defence Innovation Steering group and the Council of the University of South Australia.

David Byrne, President of the South Australian Aviation Museum said ‘We are delighted to have Jim as Patron of the Museum and I offer my thanks to the Honourable Alexander Downer AC for his valuable patronage, particularly for his facilitation of the acquisition of our Aermacchi MB-326H aircraft in 2004.’

As an avid aviation enthusiast Jim retains a strong personal interest in aviation as a civilian pilot and flies, flight tests and displays a range of antique, warbird and experimental aircraft and helicopters in his spare time, including piloting his CAC Boomerang regularly in air shows and displays across South Australia, most recently with a flyover during 2018 ANZAC Day Remembrance Day celebrations.

Jim holds a number of aircraft qualifications including F/A-18 Hornet, BAe Hawk T Mk 1, Macchi MB 326 H, Pilatus PC-9, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Aero L39, Aermacchi S211, Beech 200 King Air, DHC-4 Caribou, BAC 1-11, HS Andover, Cessna 150, C172, C182, C210, CT4-A, Piper Lance, Piper Saratoga, Piper Arrow, Piper Chieftain, Beech 36 Bonanza, Beech 55/58 Baron, Beech 18, Robin 2160, Pitts S2A, DH-82 Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, NA T-6 Harvard, Robinson R-22, Schweizer H269, Bell 47, SA 341 Gazelle.


Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated International technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems. With over 500 specialist consultants through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and the UK, Nova Systems is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned Defence and Aerospace Professional Service Providers.


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Nova Systems


David Byrne – President

South Australian Aviation Museum


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