SmartSat CRC set to propel Australia into the global space industry
Apr 15, 2019
Today, the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews announced the success of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) proposal led by The University of South Australia and Nova Systems.
Positioned to propel Australia into the global space industry, the SmartSat CRC initiative is a collaborative research and development effort, providing significant opportunities for the Australian Space industry.
The centre has 74 participants contributing $167 million adding to the federal government’s $55 million spend.
Focusing on advanced satellite communications, connectivity and earth observation, the centre will be based in Adelaide, Australia’s “Space City” alongside the Australian Space Agency and will cement Australia as a future leader in the global space industry.
In sharing the news, Chief Executive Nova Systems ANZ, Mr Steven Robinson highlighted the significant impact the CRC would have in Australia, building sovereign space capability, creating business and employment opportunities, driving innovation, and strengthening the economy.
“It is exciting to be at the forefront of an Australian Space industry milestone. We have already seen overwhelming support and collaboration for the CRC from industry leaders and world-renowned research organisations.”
“The CRC is another step towards the enhancement of the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector, providing an opportunity for the next generation of space companies and technologies.”
Mr Robinson also recognised Australia’s growing space industry as an inspiration for young Australians to pursue a career in STEM, an area Nova Systems is deeply committed to through their delivery of specialist capability training.
The Australian Space Agency’s goal of creating a $12 billion Australian space industry, generating an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030, is in reach with the largest R&D investment into Australia’s space industry to date.
Nova Systems signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with the Australian Space Agency in December 2018. The statement demonstrates Nova Systems commitment to the Australian Space industry and development of sovereign space-based capabilities.
In support of their commitment, Nova Systems recently obtained Spectrum licences for a range of frequencies within the satellite spectrum from the Australian Communication and Media Authority. The licences are set to bolster the Australian space economy by supporting satellite users in several innovative ways.
The SmartSat CRC will ensure Australia can execute a technological leap-frog to deliver smart satellite systems that are Australian designed, owned and operated and that will deliver the nation real-time connectivity, surveillance and sensing capability over land and sea, earth observation data to monitor climate and development, and the power to drive industry innovation and the growth of the Internet of Things.
Nova Systems is an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.
The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.
The SmartSat CRC will create leapfrogging technologies in advanced telecommunications and smart satellite systems to build Australia’s space infrastructure for advanced communications and connectivity, remote sensing and monitoring for its land, sea and oceans. It brings together nearly 100 partners and international collaborators which, together with significant investment by the Australian Federal Government, have committed $245 million and represents the biggest space industry R&D collaboration in Australia’s history.
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Nova Systems Sponsors Adelaide High School in F1 STEM Competition
Apr 1, 2019
Nova Systems is a proud sponsor of Adelaide High School team ‘Lickety Split’ competing in the F1 worldwide STEM competition!
Selected as a wild card entry, the team competed in the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™. The challenge is the world’s foremost student competition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The team is comprised of five hardworking students: Ivy Bell, Madeleine Berryman, Madeline Budgen, Sonia Huynh, and Ying Stokes. The unique team name was created by the students and represents the energy of their group.
Each year more than 17,000 schools in 44 nations take on the challenge of developing the world’s fastest miniature F1 car. Here in Australia approximately 22,000 students are involved each year with over ten times that being exposed to the program and having access to the same classroom technology used by the students to design and build their cars.
Congratulations to Lickety Split for placing 5th in the Australian competition!
Nova Systems Opens New Headquarters in Asia
Mar 28, 2019
Nova Systems is pleased to announce the official opening of its new headquarters in Asia on 26th March 2019 in Singapore.
The office was opened by Ms Kate Duff, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore and Mr Greg Hume, Nova Group CEO – Nova Systems parent company – via a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony.
In her keynote address, Ms Kate Duff highlighted the continued deepening of economic and defence co-operation between Australia and Singapore under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Ms Duff noted the partnership has enabled organisations such as Nova Systems to pursue continued growth in Singapore.
“We are excited to continue to expand our footprint in Asia through our new office in Singapore. This represents our ongoing commitment to the region and collaboration with our partners in industry, academia and government” said Mr Hume.
The headquarters will also house Nova Systems sister company, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace.
On Tuesday, representatives hosted their local partners and clients at the event to celebrate their collective achievements over the past four years since first opening their doors in Singapore in 2015.
Since then, the team has grown from 5 to 20 employees, providing job opportunities within the Singapore region. Nova Systems investment in the new office demonstrates their continued commitment to building a strong Singaporean company to solve the problems that really matter to our clients.
Nova Systems is focused on helping clients to strengthen their cyber security around critical information infrastructure, improving safety of unmanned system operations and deepening their knowledge of deep engineering and technology subjects through training.
Covering over 3,300 sqft of space at Kallang Place, the office offers room for further expansion of Nova Systems cyber security, unmanned systems and defence capability assurance offerings in Asia.
Nova Systems is an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise in delivering complex capabilities and systems to solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.
GVH Aerospace is a global civil aerospace company providing engineering and operational solutions to help our clients achieve competitiveness and meet their business objectives. With EASA Part 21J, Subpart P and CASA design approvals, we provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to customers, including commercial aircraft and business jet operators, helicopter operators and special mission/aeromedical operators. Our design centres in Europe, Asia and Australia provide round-the-clock support to all our customers globally.
Sarah de Valence
Position: Group Communications Manager
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Work180 Employee Story | A People Journey: From Reception to Leadership
Mar 27, 2019
An employee story by Work180
Life moves fast these days. So do people. Instant messaging, tweets, likes, networks… It can all be empowering and exhilarating but also exhausting… and perhaps a little hollow? As I dial in for my conversation with the Nova Group’s – Nova Systems parent company – HR Manager Nicole McCallum, it’s fair to say I’m also refreshing my inbox, texting my wife, muting Spotify and draining a double shot flat white. Nicole answers the phone and ten seconds later, I’ve stopped fidgeting and am sitting back in my chair, truly centred on what Nicole has to say.
I suspect she has that impact on others too. It definitely has something to do with her openness and her friendly, down to earth way of speaking. But as our conversation progresses, I realise it’s more than that – it’s the positive feeling you get when you know you’re speaking to someone who ‘gets it’… who’s been there and done it… who has experienced enough of life’s ups and downs to appreciate the bigger picture. By the end of our chat, I’m clear on three things about Nicole: she is great to talk to, she has stories to tell and I’d love to work alongside her.
A People Journey: From Reception to Leadership
Nicole joined the Nova Group (Nova) back in 2005, known then only as Nova Systems, when they were a small business of 45 people. Her career prior to that was highly diverse. She tells me with a warm laugh that she had 19 hospitality jobs in ten years (including hotel and resort management) and that she’s worked as an Executive Assistant , a TAFE lecturer, an oyster farmer, a uranium mine sub-contractor and an escort vehicle driver.
Initially employed by Nova as a receptionist “and to cook the barbecue and stock the beer fridge”, Nicole soon found her place at the Professional Services firm. And as Nova has grown significantly from 45 to 570 people, so has Nicole’s career. Showing immense versatility and a constant readiness to ‘give it a go’, she has worked for Nova across finance, executive assistance, conferences and events, security and corporate support. And later, “at some point way back when”, she became the People and Culture Manager and a career in human resources started to emerge.
What Matters Most: Empathy and Human Kindness
She now works as the Group HR Manager, managing HR across the globe for Nova Systems, GVH Aerospace, two10degrees and Geoplex, a position which she says is about supporting and connecting Nova’s employees and their managers to drive Nova’s strategic objectives and culture.
“My remit includes helping Nova’s people managers provide an environment in which people can thrive. It’s also about being there to support each employee, while also being ready to challenge and make the hard decisions.”
It’s easy to picture Nicole achieving this balance. She talks positively and confidently about the need to apply “understanding, empathy and fairness”, and I get the sense that she plays an important role in bridging gaps, championing the employee to the business, and the business to the employee. When asked what she loves the most, Nicole’s response is immediate:
“It’s the same today as it was in my hospitality days: I love it when someone comes in with their smile upside down and walks out feeling a little better. I want to help them see that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and that they want to keep going – that’s the most important thing. It’s the most basic stuff you can do for another human being.”
And there it is. That empathy based on deep life experience. Nicole reveals that she has supported a range of employees through mental health challenges, and has helped get them back to work and a more positive situation.
“Sometimes this job can break your heart. Sometimes you’re on top of the world. It’s just the way it is. When someone needs support, the key is to be honest – no BS. We need to help them get healthy and well, and not treat them any differently.”
Nicole says that her own life experiences and challenges help her empathise with and support others. She suffered from anxiety and depression as a teenager, and has also experienced loss through tragic circumstances.
“I’ve had some difficult life events during my time here. But the support Nova has given me is phenomenal. The things they’ve done for me personally have affected me – they make me want to stay and help the business continue to thrive.”
From Chainsaws to Flying Lessons: a Unique Employee Experience
Nicole clearly has a deep connection with Nova and feels they really are a great place to work. She speaks fondly of the way they reward and recognise their people, and celebrate together. She laughs as she tells me they once gifted her a chainsaw voucher, rather than flowers, adding: “They know me.”
She also says they’ve supported her through training, including an MBA and even flying lessons:
“Years ago, I used to take minutes for the Executive Leadership. We had an aircraft and our previous CEO would fly us all to the meetings. One day, I said ‘you should teach me to fly this thing’, so he did.”
Nicole recognises that as the business has grown, they’ve needed to keep working hard to ensure that everyone stays connected. Yet she’s proud of the many things Nova offers its people, from professional and personal development allowances to family benefits to health and wellbeing support. As part of this latter component, they have counselling services available 24/7 to assist their employees and managers.
“It’s incredible really that after all this time, I still don’t want to work anywhere else. I’m like an antique here! I have great relationships across the business and I‘m so grateful to Nova for the opportunities and life experiences they’ve given me.”
I suspect Nova would say the feeling’s mutual. Thanks Nicole!
Nova Group – Nova Systems parent brand – has partnered with Work180 in Australia as part of our commitment to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality and providing a great place to work.
Work180 is an international jobs board that connects smart businesses with talented women.While their focus is on empowering women in the workplace, Work180 is trying to achieve equality for all employees.