Happy Anniversary! Airbus Defence and Space celebrates five years since the opening of its Australian ground station

Featured stories - Publication date : 09 June 2021
Happy Anniversary! Airbus Defence and Space celebrates five years since the opening of its Australian ground station

Half a decade supporting Australia’s milsatcom capability

Giving government’s military satellite communications they can count on.  May 2021 marks five years since the opening of the purpose built satellite ground station in Adelaide, which lands Airbus Defence and Space’s Skynet secure military satellite communications.

The Australian facility extends the global coverage for fixed and mobile satellite services, linking the satellite constellation and terrestrial networks for reliable end-to-end connectivity. Since its opening in 2016, the station has provided a wide range of capability to our customers globally. Delivering extended SHF and UHF satellite coverage for UK MoD, Five Eyes partners and third party sales

  • Support to multiple UK Royal Navy ships and UK Land Forces with high speed satellite access via commercial modems.
  • Five Eyes nations support, operational for four years providing up to 54 MHz access  
  • Further Five Eyes nation access on Skynet 5A for 50MHz

Most recently, in 2019 Airbus Defence and Space installed 30 modems for use by the UK MOD and installed an iDirect hub with capability to support UK and third party customers using small flyaway terminals. This also included modems to support WiFi for welfare purposes for UK ships when they are in the Australia region and for third party users to establish VPNs to support their network requirements.

Airbus continued commitment for Australia’s sovereign space capability

Airbus Defence and Space continues to support Australia’s sovereign space and milsatcom ambitions. Ready to help pioneer an Australian space industry that will boost skills, technology, innovation, and the national economy.

Airbus is ready to help Australia fulfil its ambitions. Airbus is pushing forward. Going further, to make it happen.

Catch up on our virtual event! Above & Beyond: For sovereign space, for Australia

If you were unable to join us for our Virtual Event on the 26th May, addressing space topics for Australia. You can still access all presentations until 23rd June via the event portal.


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