Nova IGS Network, Providing Space-Ground Connectivity

The Nova IGS-Network is an initiative aimed at providing ground segment services to satellite owners and operators. A planned series of satellite ground segment facilities strategically located around Australia that will be tailored to meet the needs of current and future Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) small satellite missions.

Key features of the IGS-NETWORK include:

  • Space 2.0 Compatibility

    Designed for compatibility with the ever increasing launch of small satellites and constellations in LEO, MEO and GEO orbits.

  • Networked Operations

    Ground stations geographically dispersed across the Australian mainland harmonised through a centralised M&C control.

  • Continuous Operations

    Accessible 365 days a year on a 24/7 basis to allow for remote access via a web-based portal for the booking of passes and to allow data retrieval.

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    Remotely Controlled

    Ground station sites remotely controlled by a Network Operations Centre (NOC) located in Canberra ACT supported by the Backup Operations Centre (BOC) in Adelaide.

  • Information Assurance

    Sites designed to the highest standards of physical security and information assurance to cater for the needs of both commercial and Defence clients.

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    Ground Station Test-bed

    A highly capable R&D test bed for organisations to try out new concepts and ideas.

Support to the National and International Space 2.0 Industry

The IGS-NETWORK offers LEO and MEO users an attractive and convenient way to overcome the current bottleneck in ground station capacity for small satellite operators,particularly in the Australian portion of the globe. As an Australian-owned capability focussed on future trends in the market place, the IGS-NETWORK will provide unique support to the National and International Space 2.0 Industry.

Designed for Operational Requirements

The IGS-NETWORK is designed to provide a high level of flexibility and accommodate a diverse spread of operational requirements. We tailor our solution to meet the needs of our end customers by offering a mix of different operational modes. These include:

  • Ground Station as a Service

    Providing access to the end user of the ground segment infrastructure installed and operated by Nova. Infrastructure includes the antennas, complete RF chain and baseband equipment.

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    Fully Hosted Customer Equipment

    Site designed to allow for customers to bring along their own antennas, RF and baseband equipment and host the equipment within a physically secure enclave on-site. The IGS-NETWORK site will provide backhaul connectivity to a suitable point of presence either the IGS-NETWORK NOC based in Canberra, IGS-NETWORK BNOC based in Adelaide, or a third party location if required.

  • Third Party Brokered Access

    Linked to third party brokering organisations who take care of the customer interface and needs, if preferred, to provide access to our capability as part of a global capability on a regular or ad-hoc basis.


  • September 2018

    Nova Systems received ACMA licensing for its proposed site in Peterborough South Australia. The license is for a range of frequencies within the satellite spectrum.

  • December 2018

    Nova Systems conducted an extensive RF site survey of its proposed site in Peterborough South Australia to determine the presence of any RF interference within its frequency band of interest.

  • February 2019

    Nova Systems purchase land in the Peterborough area.

  • July 2019

    Entered commercial operations.

Contact Us

If you have interest in learning more about the IGS-NETWORK and how it could potentially be utilised within your business we would love to hear from you. For further information please contact:

Site Location

Map pin 112 Cotton Road,
Peterborough SA
Geoscience Australia