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Nova IGS Network Delivers Space Ground Connectivity to Peterborough, SA

Aug 27, 2019

Nova IGS Network, sister company to Nova Systems, is pleased to announce their ground station-as-a-service site in Peterborough, South Australia is now operational.

Delivering space ground connectivity for small satellite operators, the Nova IGS Network offers a strategically positioned ground network in Australia.

“With South Australia fast becoming known as Australia’s Space hub following the establishment of the Australian Space Agency HQ and Lot Fourteen, and with the announcement of the SmartSat CRC, Peterborough was the ideal location for the founding node of our ground station network” said GM Communication, Information and Space, Nick Pengelly.

“The ground station brings a new and sought-after capability to Peterborough and South Australia, offering a highly capable ground station service and R&D test bed for organisations needing to test concepts and ideas in the real environment.

“We believe the IGS network will become a critical element of Australia’s space industry eco-system and we are delighted to be working closely with Peterborough Council CEO, Peter McGuinness to have the opportunity to contribute to the generation of innovation and growth in the district.”

Defence SA has thrown their support behind the initiative designed to have the capacity to support the SA Government and Australian Space Agency activity out of Lot Fourteen, as well as catering for the data download needs of the ever-increasing number of satellites and constellations.

Nova IGS Network has recently completed construction works for initial customers on the site.  The network has also commenced upgrading the fibre connection to the Peterborough site, which will achieve backhaul download capacity in excess of 10GBps.

Tailored to meet the needs of current and future Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) small satellite missions, the Nova IGS Network currently offers ACMA approved spectrum licenses for the conduct of UHF, S-band and X-band operations.

Nova IGS Network is an Australian owned company, boasting Australia’s preeminent SATCOM capability with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Nova IGS Network

Nova IGS Network delivers Space ground connectivity through the provision of ground state capacity for small satellite operators.

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Nova’s TacPlanner improves satellite management

Aug 27, 2019

Nova Systems is coming to the close of a multi-year program developing a tool called TacPlanner, which will allow Defence’s Satellite Operations Planning Cell (SatOps) to better manage the ADF’s satellite communication assets.

ADM spoke to Nick Pengelly and Neil Hathaway from Nova to talk about how their technology will improve the ADF’s communications environment by maximising the planning and management efficiency of the ADF’s UHF SATCOM Capability.

“We knew UHF SATCOM Planning and Management needed to be more streamlined to support the growing space segment resources,” Pengelly said.

“We found that there was no quick and simple way for [SatOps] to grab a status shot for their UHF satellite communications.”

“CIOG needed something that was streamlined, like some sort of software product that would actually save them a lot of time and money in overall UHF SATCOM management.”

Nova’s above-the-line program utilised an agile development methodology to find a solution to the problem, consulting regularly with Defence to generate iterative refinements of the software application.

“We would work in short time slices and at the end of every one of those we’d have a working version of the software, and so about every month we usually got the customer out and we got them handling the tool,” Hathaway said. “We got their feedback about what was adding value, what wasn’t really adding value and we tracked all that.”

One of the challenges to this iterative approach was getting passionate developers used to constructive criticisms from end users.

“If you think about a traditional high performing team of passionate people, if you tell them they’re now working on a slightly different requirement can lead to frustrations,” Hathaway said. “[But] they [the Nova developers] approached the agile process with a very positive attitude; every time the customer gives us some feedback, that’s a really good thing because it means we are adjusting to deliver the product they actually want in a more streamlined approach.”

The next step for TacPlanner could be into NATO, meaning the technology could become an export success story for Australian defence industry.

“We’ve had some preliminary discussions with NATO organisations. They use similar technologies in their UHF satellites and they’re looking at upgrading their systems in coming years,” Hathaway said.

According to Pengelly, some of the credit for TacPlanner’s success belongs with Defence.

“I think that they probably need some credit for supporting this innovative approach to developing a tool like this,” Pengelly said.

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Nova Systems Shortlisted in 2019 Australian Defence Industry Awards

Aug 12, 2019

Nova Systems is excited to be shortlisted in Defence Connects 2019 inaugural Australian Defence Industry Awards!

The awards celebrate the best of the best in Australia’s defence industry and recognises the outstanding contribution of professionals and businesses working within the defence industry across 30+ categories.

Nova Systems is thrilled to be shortlisted for Defence Innovator of the Year for their innovative TACPLANNER software modelling solution, as well as Graduate Program of the Year, with Sherry Tang, Graduate Engineer shortlisted for Graduate of the Year.

With an exceptional field of 240 shortlists and over 600 submissions representing 150 companies, Nova Systems is proud to have been recognised within the breadth of experience, talent and capability from across Australia’s defence industry.

Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

The awards dinner will take place on 26 September.

Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards 2016

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Aug 9, 2019

Nova Systems has been named amongst the top Most Innovative Companies in Australia and New Zealand for 2019!

Listed for the 7th time in 8 years, this year Nova Systems is excited to announce they have been named as the 3rd most innovative company in the new Professional Services Category from over 800 organisations.

For the first time, the Australian Financial Review BOSS awards moved to industry lists, offering organisations the opportunity to be truly recognised as a leader in their industry.

Nova Systems impressed with their submission on their innovative Digital Twin Proof of Concept, transforming operations from manual, bespoke, people-driven processes to an integrated digital environment. The benefits delivered include:

  • Improved decision making
  • More efficient use of high skilled workforce
  • Real-time awareness of risks to people, equipment and environment
  • End-to-end monitoring of entire operation
  • Safe and predictable production
  • Savings through continuous machine learning and efficiencies
  • Prediction of future outcomes
  • Safe testing of new methods
  • Maximum production at minimum cost.


The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges.

Nova Systems is excited to be recognised for our Digital Twin Proof of Concept. The foundation of Nova Systems’ culture is built on encouraging an entrepreneurial outlook and innovative thinking. It is a diverse and unique mix of backgrounds, skill sets and safari suits!

View the full list here.



The AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list (previously the BRW Most Innovative Companies list) is now in its eighth year. The list ranks the most innovative organisations in Australia and New Zealand, and is the only national list of its kind. For the first time in 2019, the list was broken down into 10 industry categories, effectively ranking organisations against their peers. 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 2019, the list comprised of ten industry lists of ten, compiled from over 800 nominations, and 400 shortlisted organisations.

NOVA SYSTEMS INSIGHTS – Digital Twin for Energy and Resources Sectors

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Nova Systems Exhibiting at PACIFIC 2019!

Aug 8, 2019

Nova Systems is exhibiting at PACIFIC 2019. The biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 October 2019.

As the only comprehensive international exhibition of its kind in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, PACIFIC 2019 will again provide the essential showcase for commercial maritime and naval defence industries to promote their capabilities to decision-makers from around the world.

Held in the heart of Sydney and on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, PACIFIC 2019 will be the 11th in the series and builds on the highly successful biennial events since 2000.

Specifically developed to satisfy the needs of industry, government and defence professionals across the broad spectrum of maritime affairs, PACIFIC 2019 is not open to the general public.


Nova Systems is a trusted partner in the delivery of maritime capability.

A great Australian maritime company and a 100% Australian-owned and operated professional services provider, Nova Systems has proven expertise providing solutions and support across the entire capability lifecycle in the Australian, New Zealand and International Maritime domains.

At PACIFIC 2019, Nova Systems will be showcasing their innovative and industry leading technology, maximising efficiencies throughout the Systems Engineering lifecycle. Innovating at the forefront of emerging technologies, Nova Systems connects and enables technology to solve the problems that really matter to their clients.

With their reputation as an industry leader in delivering Specialist Systems Engineering, System Safety and Test & Evaluation, paired with Nova Systems’ suite of proven propriety tools and approaches, cements Nova Systems as a trusted partner in the delivery of maritime capability.

Additionally, Nova Systems leads QinetiQ and PwC as Team Nova, providing Australian Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) a truly sovereign capability as Major Service Provider (MSP). As one of four MSPs, Team Nova are actively growing the capability and capacity within Australian Defence and Defence Industry, especially through specific commitments to engage and promote small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

As the proud principal sponsor of the 2019 ADF Rugby Union Champions, the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) team, Nova Systems is delighted to continue to provide their support to an organisation with so much history and a strong team culture at PACIFIC 2019.

Nova Systems provides Australia, New Zealand and the International Maritime domain with world class independent expertise in maritime capability. Visit us at stand #3L4 to learn more about why we are a trusted partner in the delivery of maritime capability and how we can solve the problems that really matter to you.


PACIFIC 2019 is a global business event, attracting senior merchant marine, shore services, maritime and defence industry, military and government decision-makers from around the world.

Nova Systems Proudly Sponsors Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union

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