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Media Release | A Step Closer to Safe Drone Operations

Dec 16, 2019

Nova Systems has successfully completed the second stage of flight trials for the first UAS Traffic Management (UTM) trials in Singapore.

The two-year project is focused on enabling safe and efficient Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) delivery operations and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) within Singapore’s densely populated urban environment.

Responding to Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s (CAAS) Call-for-Proposal, Nova Systems leads a consortium in close collaboration with OneSky. The remit of the consortium is to isolate the necessary mix of systems and technologies required to support the integration of drones in low-level airspace and safely coordinate their movement. Other significant partners collaborating in this flight test included M1, Scout Aerial, and Rohde and Schwarz.

“We are delighted that stage two of the trials were completed successfully. Working alongside our impressive partners and industry experts, it is an exciting time for the UAS industry and Singapore” said CE Nova Systems Asia- Pacific Bret Barton.

“With most UAS operations limited to Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) today, air taxis and commercial drones will ultimately need to be operated autonomously and Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS).”

As one of the supporting partners for Volocopter and Skyports’ demonstration of the world’s first flying taxi hub in Singapore, Nova Systems understands the importance of investigating the suitability of the networks and navigation performance for drone operations, at low altitude in urban cities.

“Our trials have completed a study of the telecommunication network in Singapore, focused on establishing comprehensive 4G coverage maps. This is critical for the future conduct of low-level airspace operations in urban environments due to the safety driven requirement for reliable communication links between the UAS, the ground control station and any traffic coordinating bodies“.

“We’ve achieved a few significant, world leading milestones during this suite of trials, particularly in expanding the assessed operational envelope for a drone’s communication and navigation performance in Singapore. One significant milestone is the progressive flight testing from 0-1000 feet, testing of LTE connectivity and importantly, doing so in densely populated areas such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre where infrastructure introduces many urban canyon effects, and maritime environments such as Keppel Bay”.

“Our team highlights that the safety and operational suitability of UTM and UAM operations employing 4G/5G telecommunications, requires focused effort to first establish signal latency, availability, integrity and continuity and subsequently isolate what the required performance needs to be.”

“Our efforts during these flight trials to capture this information, and subsequently model the data to isolate performance requirements, is fundamental to bringing drone delivery and passenger transport closer to reality.”

The next round of flight trials will be held in 2020, with an expansive review of the UTM prototype’s functionality against an operational backdrop of multi-platform drones conducting a mix of VLOS and BVLOS operations.

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a global technical consultancy and professional services firm, using systems engineering as the core discipline to solve technological problems and deliver world-class solutions to our clients.

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Media Contact: Sarah de Valence

Position: Group Communications Manager

Telephone: 07 3129 2237

Email: communications@novasystems.com

 

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Media Release | Nova Systems Helps Forgotten Heroes Fly Again

Dec 2, 2019

In 1919, four Australian diggers became the first men to fly across the globe. New documentary, The Greatest Air Race, is helping these forgotten heroes fly again.

Screening nationally in December, their story has been brought to life thanks to the support of Australian owned Nova Systems.

The four-man team crew led by South Australian Sir Ross Smith flew from London to Darwin in a Vickers Vimy bi-plane. Sitting in open cockpits with only a compass for navigation, they flew 18,000km in 28 days – a pioneering feat of endurance that opened the world to trans-global flight.

One hundred years later, the story of their victory in an audacious post-war race is being retold in an hour-long documentary to screen on SBS, 7.30pm, Sunday December 8, 2019.

“We are proud to share the incredible Australian story that propelled aviation forward across the globe” said Steven Robinson, Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia.

“The desire of these pioneering pilots to lead from the front inspired the world and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit we strive to embody at Nova.”

Pilot and Nova Group Chairman, Nova Systems’ parent company, Jim Whalley calls it ‘a brilliant Australian story with global perspectives and international importance’.

“The work we do at Nova owes so much to the legacy of the four men who flew the Vimy – in fact, all the brave aviators who took part in the Great Air Race – and we’re delighted to help give that story the prominence it deserves.”

According to director and producer Susan Harrington, the assistance from Nova Systems was vital. “We couldn’t have got it off the ground without the help of Nova. Having Jim Whalley’s aviation experience on-side was truly invaluable – and he also flew the chopper that helped us capture air-to-air footage in the closing segments.”

Nova Systems was part of the production, providing support as well as aerial services to Adelaide-based filmmakers, All Of Us Productions.

Using rarely seen footage from 1919, The Greatest Air Race relives the trials, tragedies and triumphs of a contest that was ‘certain to end in death’.

Adelaide-born astronaut, Andy Thomas, goes on location in Adelaide, Darwin, outback Australia and London, to meet with aviation experts, historians and vintage aircraft enthusiasts. He makes a stunning discovery: the Vimy aircraft is as significant as the Apollo moon lander. Sir Ross Smith was the Neil Armstrong of his day.

The Greatest Air Race (And The Heroes The World Forgot) is provisionally scheduled to be broadcast on SBS, Sunday December 8 at 7.30pm. International broadcasts are being scheduled for 2020.

View the trailer.

View the documentary. 

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a 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.

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Media Contact: Sarah de Valence

Position: Group Communications Manager

Telephone: 07 3129 2237

Email: communications@novasystems.com

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Media Release | Nova Systems EMBRACES GLOBAL TALENT

Nov 21, 2019

Nova Systems parent company, Nova Group, has recently welcomed Rebecca Humble into the role of Group Chief of Strategy & Capability and Tom Gleeson as Chief Commercial Officer.

Greg Hume, Nova Group CEO, said, “We are delighted to have Rebecca and Tom join our team. Both are accomplished global leaders, born and bred in Australia and bring with them a wealth of experience in the defence, aviation and other relevant sectors.

“Australia produces tremendous talent which is valued on the global stage – to be able to attract home-grown talent back and leverage it to the benefit of an Australian owned company such as Nova, as well as the broader industry is a win all round.’’

On joining the Nova team, Humble said, “It is an exciting time to join Nova and the leadership team given the company’s aspirations to deliver growth in Australia and for expansion globally.”

“For an Australian company to recognise the value that can be added by bringing in a global perspective is testament to Nova’s commitment to deliver growth, and the value they place on diversity of thought.”

As a global leader in the defence and national security sectors, Humble returned to Australia in 2018 after 18 years working in senior executive roles in the US, UK and Europe. She has a track record for driving and executing growth strategies for global corporates including multi-billion-dollar acquisitions and subsequent integration activities.

Humble joins Nova from BAE Systems Australia where she was Director of Strategy. Her career has included roles as VP Global Strategy for the world’s largest military vehicles business based in the US, a Director on the Tornado military aircraft program and a director of the international section of the Red Cross based in Luxembourg.

Gleeson recently returned to Australia after 3 years working in the US. A commercial and transformation executive with a background in global corporations and defence, Gleeson joins from GE Additive in his role of Senior Sales Executive.

Starting his career as a fighter pilot and flying instructor in the RAAF, Gleeson then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. He most recently spent 6 years at GE, initially as the Strategic Account Manager for the Qantas Group, before moving to the US to lead the Commercial Excellence team for GE Aviation Sales & Marketing, and most recently running the Global Sales team for GE Additive.

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Rebecca Humble & Tom Gleeson

 

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a 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.

 

Media Contact: Sarah de Valence

Position: Group Communications Manager

Telephone: 07 3129 2237

Email: communications@novasystems.com

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Nova Systems Exhibiting at AusRail 2019

Nov 18, 2019

Nova Systems is exhibiting at AusRAIL 2019, taking place 3-5 December at the ICC Sydney.

AusRAIL has firmly established itself as the major Australasian rail event. With the continued support of the major Australasian rail associations including: ARA, RTAA, IRSE and RTSA, the event continues to grow exponentially.

This year, the theme is ‘Delivering Growth; Creating Opportunity; Embracing Technology’, and coupled with the conference program offering technical streams, interactive session and well-respected industry leaders and CEOs, the event aims to attract over 900 senior attendees.

 

Nova Systems delivers safe and effective outcomes for rail, enabled through digital solutions. 

By drawing upon their extensive experience of supporting Australia’s most technically advanced and challenging acquisition and development programs, Nova Systems is ideally placed to provide innovative digital solutions for the complex challenges the transport sector faces.

Combining their heritage and knowledge with best practices, Nova Systems delivers independent assurance and asset optimisation services, utilising systems engineering methodologies for safe and effective outcomes for rail.

Visit us at stand #130 at AusRAIL and learn more about how we can provide safe, next-generation transportation systems for you.

AusRAIL

https://www.ausrail.com/

NOVA SYSTEMS NAMED AMONGST AUSTRALIA’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES

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