Melissa Price MP
Minister for Defence Industry
Member for Durack
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families & Social Services
Minister for Women’s Safety, Senator for South Australia
Date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021
The Morrison 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.
The contract with Myriota Pty Ltd, awarded through the Defence Innovation Hub, demonstrates the Government’s commitment to significantly increase investment in space capabilities and innovation through cooperation with Australian Industry.
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 Morrison Government’s investment in innovative space technology through the Defence Innovation Hub complements our $7 billion commitment to significantly increase investment in Defence’s space capabilities.
“This investment will help build Australia’s sovereign space industry and skilled workforce.”
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.
This is achieved through greater situational awareness, visibility and preventative maintenance.
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 a contract that had the potential to further launch Australia’s Defence communications network into the space age.
“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.
“Investing in Australia’s cutting-edge space technology is part of the Morrison Government’s ambition to significantly grow our space industry by 20,000 additional jobs and $12 billion by 2030.”
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said it was important to back local companies and local jobs.
“We know that defence plays a significant role in the South Australian economy and this investment will further cement our reputation as an industry leader,” Senator Ruston said.
Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at: www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au.