The defence department will utilise Myriota’s nanosatellite and IoT communications networks to retrieve data from hundreds of defence sites globally under a $5.5 million defence innovation contract.
The Defence Innovation Hub contract will see the Adelaide company expand its cutting-edge satellite communications network and provide defence with an alternative global, space-enabled communications network.
The contract follows Myriota’s $700,000 contract with defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund.
The fund is investing $1.2 billion over 10 years to develop systems in key new technologies including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and space capabilities.
Defence industry minister Melissa Price said that ‘if successful’, Myriota’s direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity network could deliver increased operational efficiency, safety, and reliability.
“This is achieved through greater situational awareness, visibility and preventative maintenance.”
Greater security of data is likely to be a feature of Myriota’s development under this contract – elements of the company’s existing network are hosted in the cloud.
Price welcomed the contract as contributing 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.
“This innovation could enable the secure transfer of defence data from almost anywhere on Earth.
“(It) has the potential to be used beyond defence, with potential impact across…mining to remote education”
Myriota was founded in Adelaide and has raised $50 million from investors.
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