MEDIA ARTICLE - Collaboration key to South Australia's new frontier
Nov 16, 2016
South Australia is fostering international collaboration between leading space players to develop the state’s space industry.
Astronauts Paul Richards (left) and Andy Thomas work on the International Space Station in 2001. Photo: AP/NASA TV
Last week a selection of the world’s top space experts attended a Space Forum in Adelaide to launch the state’s Space Innovation and Growth Strategy: (South Australia) Action Plan 2016-2020.
The action plan outlines the possibilities the $323 billion global space industry presents to South Australia in the lead up to the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held in Adelaide in September 2017.
The Space Forum included former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas, ISS Flight Systems Controller Andrea Boyd, representatives from the European Space Agency and multinationals including Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Nova Systems.
Delegates from the South Australian Government also visited Japan last week to discuss the formation of a new partnership with executives from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Defence & Space Systems domain.
Both meetings aim to develop the space sector of South Australia by continuing to form collaborative partnerships with some of the world’s leading players in space exploration.
South Australian Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said South Australia led the way in the development of Australia’s space economy.
“Our vision is to position South Australia as a vibrant hub for future space activity and industry development,” he said.
In October, Italy and Australia committed to pursue joint research and development, academic exchange and industry collaboration in the space sector.
The agreement, signed in Rome between the South Australian Government and the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) established a collaborative partnership to pursue space-related industries.
South Australia’s place in the international space industry was cemented earlier this year after a successful test flight of an experimental rocket in the HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation) program at the Woomera Test Range.
“The success of this test launch takes us one step closer to the realisation of hypersonic flight,” Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky said after the launch in May 2016.
Beside the historic test range in the desert at Woomera, South Australia is home to at least 60 space-related organisations and university programs.
Each year space experts from across the world meet at the University of South Australia’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program to discuss challenges and opportunities on offer in the space industry.
This year’s speakers included Alex Grant, whose South Australian company Myriota is developing tiny devices to transmit data to and from remote locations, Flavia Tata Nardini, a former European Space Agency propulsion engineer, who founded Launchbox in 2014 to change the way people understood space science, and Brett Burford, the founder of AU Launch Services, an Adelaide-based consulting group that works with CubeSat manufacturers, owners and operators and serves as a single point of contact for clients.
Nova Systems, a project management company with large defence contracts, is also in talks with Italian space companies.
The University of Adelaide has also launched an intensive post-graduate course titled Strategic Space Law to bring the legal profession up to speed with the new frontier.
Solstice Media has partnered with the South Australian Government to provide information about our state’s international connections and engagement.
Nova Systems exhibits at Indonesian Defence forum
Nov 7, 2016
Nova Systems has had a successful week at this years Indonesian Defence Forum, in Jakarta last week.
Our Communications, Information and Space team – lead by General Manager Nick Pengelly – exhibited as a part of the Team Defence Australia stand, showcasing all thing SATCOM, mapping and Network Management.
To find out more, or to speak to Nick Pengelly, visit the Communications market webpage here.
Nova Group announces the acquisition of Geoplex
Nov 4, 2016
Nova Group – Nova Systems parent brand – today announced the acquisition of the Australian based geospatial firm, Geoplex.
Geoplex is a professional services company specialising in enterprise geospatial systems and data management solutions. The company employs a team of highly experienced geospatial software developers, designers and consultants who use agile and inventive approaches to deliver mapping solutions that help people see their world from a new perspective.
Announcing the acquisition, Nova Group Global CEO Greg Hume said, ‘The acquisition of Geoplex reinforces Nova Group’s position as a fully integrated, end to end solutions firm, enabling technology to help solve the problems that really matter for our clients.’
Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, and integrated communications specialists Auspace.
‘Nova Group has made a number of acquisitions over time, with Geoplex representing a further significant step towards achievement of our global strategy and regional aspirations, notably within the Australian and New Zealand markets. Geoplex adds complementary capabilities to our professional services business Nova Systems, and strengthens our technology offerings within Auspace.’
Adam Smith, CEO of Geoplex said ‘Nova provides an immediate opportunity to take our products and services to a larger and more diverse client base. In addition, we can leverage Nova’s business support and resource base to help realise our strategic plans for the Australian and New Zealand markets.’
‘Geoplex has grown a remarkable capability that centres on satisfying a number of our client’s requirements.’ Greg said. ‘Geospatial thinking is critical to many of the challenges our team works on every day.’
‘I’m delighted to welcome the Geoplex team into the Nova family, and look forward to strengthening our client solutions with the integration of this great capability’.
Nova Systems Exhibits at Euronaval
Oct 21, 2016
The Nova Systems Maritime & Submarine team have this week been exhibiting at the worlds largest naval conference, EURONAVAL2016.
Supported by Defence SA, Nova Systems has been presenting our depth of capability to the world, through highlighting our history and experience in Maritime Capability Assurance.
To find out more about our Maritime & Submarine service offering, or to speak to our General Manager – Maritime & Future Systems, John Godwin, visit our Maritime webpage here.
Greg Rawlinson receives HALSPO Commendation
Oct 20, 2016
Congratulations to Greg Rawlinson who, last week, was presented a HALSPO (Heavy Air Lift systems Program Office) Commendation for his work as the C-17A and KC-30A Capability Development Coordinator.
Greg was presented the prestigious commendation by HALSPO Director Morrison, which made specific reference to his ”professionalism and commitment to successfully managing a diverse and complex program of projects’.
Congratulations Greg, and the Amberley based HALSPO team!
HALSPO Director Morrison, Greg Rawlinson, Wing Commander Natasha Pulford
Credit – Mrs Clare Szollosi