The government has signed a $5.48 million contract with one of Adelaide’s leading space industry players to expand its cutting-edge satellite communications network for use by Defence.
If successful, the secure, flexible and scalable direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity network, known as the ‘Internet of Military Things’, could deliver increased operational efficiency, safety, and reliability, achieved through greater situational awareness, visibility and preventative maintenance.
The contract with Myriota was awarded through the Defence Innovation Hub. Under the contract, Myriota will use its network of nano-satellites to retrieve data from sensors across hundreds of Defence platforms, forming a global, space-enabled communications network.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract would contribute to growing a robust, resilient and innovative industrial base for space technologies in Australia.
“Sovereign, space-enabled capabilities are critical to the future of Defence,” Minister Price said. “This innovation could enable the secure transfer of Defence data from almost anywhere on Earth."
The contract follows Myriota’s successful engagement with Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund, part of the integrated Defence innovation system.
“This technology has the potential to be used beyond Defence, with potential impact across almost all sectors of the Australian economy,” Minister Price said. “From mining to remote education, Myriota’s secure satellite communications technologies will provide global connectivity.”
Minister for Finance and Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham congratulated Myriota on securing the contract.
“Taking advantage of the opportunities leading space technology offers will not only support our Defence capability but advance research in other vital industries,” Minister Birmingham said.