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Nova Systems, Ready to Launch with the Australian Space Agency

Nova Systems, Ready to Launch with the Australian Space Agency

  • Jun 1, 2020

Nova Systems has added to its Australian sovereign capability offering by signing an agreement with the Australian Space Agency for the provision of specialist advice in support of turnkey launch, re-entry and ground capability services.

The agreement comes as Australia prepares for increased activity, which may include launches of space objects (including high power rockets) from Australia, returning space objects to Australia, and operating launch facilities within Australia.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement, Nova Systems ANZ Chief Executive, Steven Robinson said “Our commitment to enabling a sovereign launch capability to the Australian Space Agency, reinforces our strategic agreement signed in 2018, which is founded on enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector.”

The Australian Space Agency’s purpose is working to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that lifts the broader economy, inspires, and improves the lives of Australians – underpinned by strong national and international engagement. They will do this by developing and implementing a regulatory system for civil space activities and ensuring entrepreneurship while protecting national safety and security.

The agreement confirms the Australian Space Agency’s recognition of Nova Systems’ experience, knowledge and independence to enable successful launch activities based on its significant in country aerospace heritage, including:

  • Supporting Sub-orbital space launches conducted at the Woomera Range Complex;
  • Range/Launch/Flight Safety Officer services – including managing complex launch activities, resulting in launch approval, which requires the coordination of all inputs to the launch process;
  • Supporting space vehicle re-entry and recovery from international countries – including the review and coordination of operational schedules, re-entry trajectories, debris impact modelling (and associated planning of personnel exclusion zones) and search and recovery of artefacts; and
  • Range activities planning and operation for trials of defence and non-defence systems from media access to safety analysis.

We have been directly involved in space technologies for almost 20 years, offering the full breadth of technical services across the various space segments” explained Mr Robinson when referencing Nova’s satellite design, launcher selection and network management systems experience.

“Enabling Space launch and returns through support to the Australian Space Agency is a natural extension of Nova Systems’ flight test background, which covers a breadth of technologies including ISR, Unmanned Air Vehicle, sub-orbital rocket launches and hypersonic test activities.” he said.

Now in its 20th year of business, Nova Systems provides wholistic capability enabling solutions to the space domain including:

  • Satellite planning and monitoring through its proprietary tool AGILESAT
  • Management and exploitation of GIS data through Nova Group business, Geoplex
  • Ground station as-a-service through the Nova IGS Network, comprising hosted customer equipment tailored to LEO satellite operations

The agreement began on 9th April 2020 and will continue through to 2023.


Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency is a whole-of-government body, with the purpose to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry and the use of space to lift the broader economy. This will be underpinned by strong international and national engagement. In achieving this purpose, we will aspire to improve the lives of all Australians.

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.

IGS Network

The Nova owned and operated IGS-Network site(s) provides ground segment services to satellite owners and operators. A planned series of satellite ground segment facilities strategically located around Australia that will be tailored to meet the needs of current and future Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) small satellite missions. First site – Peterborough (SA)


Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, helping organisations visualise data, drive competitive advantage and solve business problems.


Further reading

Media Release – Nova Systems Makes Commitment to Enhancing the Capability of the Australian Space Sector


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