Australian company STEP Electronics recently secured a four-year, multi-million dollar contract with the Federal Government of Australia to install and support a satellite communications system in embassies and government offices throughout Australia and the rest of the world.
THE backer of Australia’s first private satellite has posted a doubling of its profit, even as it works to secure funding for the plan. NewSat said its pre-tax earnings rose by 111 per cent in the year to June 30 to $3.8 million, as sales rose 29 per cent to $37.2 million.
The chairman of the Ex-IM Bank, Fred Hochberg, visited one of NewSat’s world-class facilities, the Perth Teleport, in Western Australia. He met with NewSat Found and CEO, Adrian Ballintine, who gave him a tour and discussed with him the company’s ongoing Jabiru program - a development focused on new ka-band satellites to deliver raw and flexible capacity in various regions across the globe by its 2014 launch.
Australia will publish images captured by soon-to-launch satellite Landsat 8 online, in close to real time, for free.Landsat 8 will launch in early 2013 and is expected to be fully operational by May or June of that year. Once the bird begins beaming back images, Geoscience Australia (GA) will publish them online under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence.
Australian satellite communications has seen tremendous growth over the years, and it hasn’t gone unrecognized. In the Satellite 2012 event in Washington, the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley hosted an evening to recognize the outstanding achievements of the satellite communications industry down-under.
NBN Co is playing hardball with a rural Victorian council by telling some customers they will have to live with slower satellite services because their application for new broadband infrastructure was rejected