Our border security is no longer all at sea
AUSTRALIA’S sea borders are getting a hi-tech security boost with the addition of three new spy satellites.
The first of the $10 million Australian Defence Force Cubesat satellites, being developed by the University of New South Wales’ Canberra space team, will be launched next year.
They will be used to track asylum-seeker boats and will assist military spy planes on any potential threats.
“It’s got an on-board capability to listen to objects on the surface of the earth, in particular we are interested in ships, so it’s assisting the defence force in maritime surveillance,” UNSW Canberra space director Professor Russell Boyce said.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne told the ABC the satellites would be a security boost for the nation.
“To ensure that whatever is coming towards Australia, is something that we see before they are in a position to do us any danger, or indeed support the current surveillance operations that interdict peoplesmuggling or illegal fishing,” Mr Pyne said.
It comes days after it was announced Australia would finally establish a space agency.