Australian space start-up Myriota has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with the Australian Space Agency to enhance the capabilities of Australia’s space industry.
Based in Adelaide, Myriota was founded to revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT) by offering disruptively low-cost and long-battery-life global connectivity.
The company has achieved IoT data connectivity via low Earth orbit satellite in 2013, making this ground-breaking technology commercially available for partners worldwide.
Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, Anthony Murfett, said the statement demonstrates that businesses of all sizes can make a significant contribution to Australia’s space industry.
“Myriota is a global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, and their use of nanosatellite technology is used to solve issues affecting everyday Australians, including water and agricultural management in regional Australia,” he continued.
“Combined with their commitment to education and diversity in Australia’s growing space sector, Myriota closely aligns with the vision outlined in Australia’s Civil Space Strategy.”
Dr Alex Grant, CEO and co-founder of Myriota said the establishment of the Australian Space Agency comes at a time when nanosatellites and IoT are helping to solve major issues that have long plagued Australian businesses, such as manual water monitoring in regional Australia.
“We’ve outlined our growth plans which include adding 25 satellites to our constellation and expanding our team to 50 people by 2022 in order to support the delivery of these solutions,” Mr Grant explained.
“We’re passionate about fostering a diverse STEM workforce. Our strategy has a particular focus on developing initiatives that profile the achievements of female tech leaders, while investing in Women in STEM programs to creating a thriving female workforce.”