Securing Australia’s space systems

Joint media release

  • Mr James Stevens MP, member for Sturt

A South Australian business will partner with Defence to determine how space technologies can be used securely for military operations.

The $299,000 contract will allow CyberOps to develop a security framework for nano-satellite development programs and operating systems.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the rapid growth of new space technologies provided significant opportunities for the space industry, but highlighted that security must be a priority for Australia.

“We rely on space-based technology to support our way of life, including a range of communication activities, satellite imagery and timing signals from GPS-type navigation systems,” Minister Price said.

“The contract with CyberOps aims to improve Australia’s growing sovereign space industry by increasing the security and resilience of our military space systems.

“Since its inception, the Defence Innovation Hub has invested more than $23 million in space related innovations ranging from nano-satellites to radar systems that will enhance space situational awareness.”

Federal Member for Sturt, Mr Stevens MP, said he was pleased to see local companies seizing the opportunities being created by the Morrison Government’s $200 billion investment in defence industry.

“CyberOps is just one of many SA businesses working with Defence to deliver world-leading capability solutions, and I congratulate them on securing this contract.

“Companies working with Defence through the Defence Innovation Hub are developing cutting-edge and world-first technologies to equip our war fighters with some of the most advanced capabilities.”

Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at: www.business.gov.au/cdic

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