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Support to Suborbital Launches

Support to Suborbital Launches

Betwee2006 and 2010, the Australian Defence Force conducted five suborbital space launches from the Woomera Range. Launched under the HyShot and Hypersonic International Flight Research and Experimentation (HiFIRE) hypersonic programs, the sub-orbital launches were conducted using two stage solid fuel unguided launch vehicles carrying experimental hypersonic payloads. 

Nova Systems was engaged by Woomera Range organisation over the 4-year period, to plan and manage the launch activities and provide key safety and operational personnel during the launch. Providing personnel pivotal to the project, Nova coordinated all inputs into the launch process including the launch vehicle provider and operator, payload organisation and other contributing organisations including US regulatory organisations. This required the coordination of multiple Australian and international organisations to meet key staged development and data provision milestones and gateways. 

Nova also provided the Range Safety Officer (or Launch Safety Officer) and Flight Safety Officer for all launch activities. The team was responsible for the safe conduct of activities, effectively controlled the launch sequence, was the final approval authority for launch, provided the oversight and review of the flight prediction and wind weighting and ensured that launches were conducted within the safety and operational tolerances required. 

Instrumental in the conduct of these launch activities, Nova successfully developed the launch management and approval processes and procedures utilised by the Woomera Range throughout the project and ensured the safe conduct of all launch activities. 

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Jon Couldrick

Program Manager - Fixed Wing

Jon is an experience Program and Engineering Manager having worked on various complex projects...

Jon is an experience Program and Engineering Manager having worked on various complex projects ranging from researching autonomous systems, developing software products through to introducing aircraft into operational service. With over 18 years’ experience across university, energy, transport and Defence sectors: Jon has worked across the entire Capability Lifecyle.

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Jeff Perry

General Manager – Aerospace & Surveillance

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team ...

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Steven Robinson

Chief Executive - Australia New Zealand

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. ...

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. In his current role Steve is responsible for leading and developing the Nova Systems Australia business as a professional solutions provider enabling technologies to solve the problems that really matter for our clients and industry partners.

As an Australian owned and operated business, Steve and his team are proud to grow sovereign capabilities that deliver tangible outcomes to the most complex of problems in the Air, Land, Sea, Joint and Space domains whilst remaining true to the Group’s core values of Trust, Professionalism, Passion and Community.

Steve joined the Nova Group in 2009 and has over 25 years’ experience within Australian Defence and the Defence Industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aeronautical), a Master’s in Business Administration (Technology Management), and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

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