2 mins read 23 Jun 2021

Inovor Entering Small Satellites Market

Adelaide-based company Inovor Technologies has announced that they are entering the small satellite market with their new class of satellites - Australis.  

An artist’s impression of the Australis class Inovor Technologies satellite. Credit: Inovor Technologies.

Inovor Technologies, an Australian satellite manufacturer based in Adelaide, is forging ahead with the development of a new class of small satellites. They have brought forward the development of their “Australis” class satellite in order to meet Australia’s growing demands for locally owned and developed technologies.  

‘Australia’s defence and science organisations want to be able to conduct a broader range of missions using small satellites, and we can help them do that,’ said Inovor Technologies founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr Matthew Tetlow.

‘We’re able to enter the small satellite market earlier than planned, so we are, and we look forward to making another exciting announcement later in the year.’

Inovor specialises in the construction of satellite buses - the shells that house all the components and payloads of a satellite. It was announced earlier this year that Inovor would be designing, building, and testing the bus for South Australia’s first home manufactured satellite, which is being named through a school-based competition

Whilst Inovor’s family of satellites called Apogee will be used for the South Australian satellite, Dr Tetlow said that they are looking forward to developing their Australis range. 

“We’re excited to be building upon the technology we have developed in our Apogee Cubesat bus and, with support from international partners, we will be expanding our capabilities with the Australis range of spacecraft,” he said. 

This new Australis class of satellite will weigh up to 250 kilograms, and its development is currently underway at Inovor’s home at Lot 14 in Adelaide. 

Inovor Technologies is also currently servicing satellite missions for the CSIRO (CSIROSat-1), Defence, Science and Technology Group (Buccaneer Main Mission), Defence Innovation Hub (Hyperion), and the University of Melbourne (SpIRIT) with its Apogee bus.