Satellites to form secure network for defence information

By Jackson Graham

Thursday September 30, 2021

Science and technology has been added to defence industry minister Melissa Price’s federal portfolio.
Science and technology minister Melissa Price. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Australia’s defence data could be securely transferred using small satellites from almost anywhere in the world, a new federal government deal ensures.

The government’s Defence Innovation Hub has awarded a $5.48 million contract to Adelaide-based Myriota to use its network of nano-satellites to retrieve data from sensors across hundreds of Department of Defence platforms. 

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the contract would add to the growth of an Australian industrial base for space technologies. “Sovereign, space-enabled capabilities are critical to the future of Defence,” Price said.

The satellite connectivity network is known in the defence world as the “internet of military things” and, if successful, could deliver increased operational efficiency, safety, and reliability. 

“This technology has the potential to be used beyond Defence, with potential impact across almost all sectors of the Australian economy,” Price said. 

“From mining to remote education, Myriota’s secure satellite communications technologies will provide global connectivity.” 

Myriota announced last week that it would partner with US-based space-to-cloud data and analytics company Spire Global to expand its satellite coverage. 

Price said the Defence Innovation Hub’s investment in space technology was alongside a $7 billion commitment to boost investment in Defence’s space capabilities.


These satellites capture ultra high-res images even when it’s dark or cloudy

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