ISA joins satellite push

Internet Solutions Australia (ISA) has signed a sponsorship contract to develop a Java-based, ground control software interface to capture real-time data during the launch of Australia's Federation Satellite.

Work has commenced on the project and is expected to be complete by September 2001.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite System's (CRCSS) Federation Satellite project, due for launch early next year, aims to establish Australian capability in satellite technology and to provide a research platform for Australian space-science, communication and GPS studies.

CRCSS executive director, Dr Brian Embleton said ISA was made an industry associate in the CRCSS as part of the deal and that the contract includes an ongoing consultative arrangement for development of jointly developed software products.

Steven Thomas, managing director for ISA said the later stages of the development process may lead to a public interface which would allow people to log onto a Web site and view real-time data from the satellite.

"The global market for space products and services is growing rapidly and ISA, along with the CRC for Satellites is aiming to capture a percentage of that market."

"The ISA developed software will serve as a valuable component of the satellite program, ensuring the CRCSS has constant and reliable access to information required to successfully manage the mission."

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