"One of the truisms about Australia’s space industry is that Defence is the major spender on space goods and services in this country. While that will change as the industry’s civil sector growth spurt accelerates over the next few years, Defence (and especially the RAAF) will remain for a while the biggest single customer for Australia’s space sector. Defence has long recognised the imperative of space mastery for both communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Since the mid-20th century it has invested heavily in global satellite communications (SATCOM) capability, notably with the purchase of dedicated Defence transponders on commercial satellites (...).
Now Defence is looking to modernise its SATCOM infrastructure and extend its space-based ISR capabilities through three major projects. [...] "
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