Industry partnership to create new wave of SA space manufacturing

Stephen Kuper

South Australia-based Myriota, a global leader in nanosatellite internet of things connectivity, has confirmed a partnership with global manufacturer Motherson to produce its Myriota Module; a cutting-edge, low-powered device that securely transfers data to the Myriota Network of satellites from anywhere on the planet.

Industry partnership to create new wave of SA space manufacturing
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Production is well underway, with Motherson already manufacturing tens of thousands of Myriota Modules. The units are being manufactured at Motherson’s South Australian design and manufacturing facility, and subsequently delivered across the globe.

Myriota’s growing list of partners and customers include Optus, Amazon’s AWS and Boeing. It is the first partnership that Motherson has entered into with a space or internet of things (IoT) business within Australia; enabling Motherson to expand its business into these industries.

Dr David Haley, Myriota co-founder and CTO, said the collaboration shows that it is possible to keep design and manufacturing within South Australia.

"Myriota and Motherson are examples of two South Australian businesses excelling in their respective industries. Our partnership demonstrates that manufacturing capabilities in South Australia – which once primarily served the automotive industry – have diversified into new sectors, including Australia’s growing space sector," Dr Haley explained. 

Motherson will manufacture millions of units of the Myriota Module in South Australia over the next five years. Built on an edge computing platform, the Myriota Module allows for third-party integration with a huge range of sensors and devices.

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These devices communicate directly with Myriota’s nanosatellites to provide sensor data updates on valuable resources to a wide range of businesses.

Sam Vial, Motherson business development director for Asia-Pacific, said the partnership is an important step in diversifying its business.

"We’re thrilled to become Myriota’s manufacturing partner and expand our operations to include the space and IoT sectors. This partnership will help to sustain jobs in our South Australian facility, with products being both designed and manufactured locally," Vial added. 

One of the first customers to benefit from the partnership is Zepiro. The Australian business recently purchased their first order of Myriota Modules for use by clients in the mining sector, and COO Damien Cox said that the business is very excited about the potential.

"The Myriota Module provides a great market opportunity for our business in industries like mining and agriculture where long-endurance remote resource monitoring is vital. The low-cost and robust nature of this technology allows us to economically retrieve critical telemetry from difficult to access locations," Cox explained. 

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall was elated to see South Australian manufacturing being leveraged in order to support the growth of the state's space industry. 

"This is yet another example of two companies collaborating across this exciting, high-growth industry in our state, creating the jobs of the future. Myriota is a proud South Australian company now making an impact on an international scale. Partnerships like this bolster South Australia’s reputation as a global leader across the space sector, attracting even more national and international companies to invest in our state," Premier Marshall said. 

Based in Adelaide, a focal point of the Australian space industry and home of the Australian Space Agency, Myriota has a growing portfolio of more than 20 patents, and support from major Australian and international investors.

With deep heritage in telecommunications research, world-first transmission of IoT data direct to nanosatellite was achieved in 2013. 

Motherson Group is a global group, providing full system solutions to the automotive industry, from design, simulation and prototyping to tooling, moulding, painting and final assembly of highly integrated modules.

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