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Recruitment opens for Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Lead

Clearbox Systems is making significant internal investment in our Space Domain Awareness (SDA) technology as well as securing external funding and customer contracts to drive the program forward.

We are seeking an experienced technical and program leader to take charge of our SDA technology development, leading a rapidly growing team to create something world leading and customer centric.

Head to our careers page to see more detail and apply.

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Applications open for students to participate in Defence Industry Internship Program

The Defence Industry Internship Program is now accepting student applications. Clearbox Systems is looking to employ multiple students on paid internships and welcomes the opportunity to support the DIIP again.

Filter the opportunities list to ACT and our reference number is "2020.15" to see more about our openings. You must apply through the DIIP website. Check our website or LinkedIn page to see the sort of projects we are undertaking to get an idea of what you will be working on.

All of the students we have employed over the years are either still employed with us (moving to full time, graduate roles) or have gone onto successful careers in Defence.

Check out the review of last year's program here.

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Clearbox Systems selected by Defence for global SATCOM Control Segment solution

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Prime contract awarded to Australian small business for world-leading SATCOM capability.

The Australian Department of Defence has selected Australian small business Clearbox Systems to enhance its global Satellite Communications (SATCOM) network.

The multi-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see Clearbox Systems design and implement the Aggregated Monitoring and Control System (AM&CS) to provide remote, centralised operation of Defence's SATCOM ground and space assets in Australia and abroad.

Currently, various SATCOM capabilities are operated in ‘silos’ causing operators to have to navigate through multiple systems to complete everyday tasks. The AM&CS will make use of Clearbox Systems’ world-leading SATCOM technology to integrate these silos. This will allow Defence to better meet its growing bandwidth needs by making more efficient use of equipment and radio frequency resources as they become available.

Jeremy Hallett, Executive Director of Clearbox Systems commented, "Our entry into the Defence market over a decade ago was on the back of our leading SATCOM solutions. It is gratifying that the quality of our work over that time has been recognised through the award of this Prime Contract to deliver an enhanced SATCOM capability to Defence. We look forward the continuing our close engagement with Defence and ensuring its global SATCOM networks are secure and easy to use."

The value of the award to date is $12.1 million with the contract allowing for future task orders as the program progresses.

Work has commenced to deploy the system with Clearbox Systems providing locally developed products as well as specialist software engineering, integration and cyber security services. The work is building on over a decade of contribution to Defence's SATCOM capability.

The work is being conducted out of Clearbox Systems' secure facilities in Sydney and Canberra and has led to the creation of new specialist engineering roles within the company.

 

About Clearbox Systems

Clearbox Systems is a 100% Australian, veteran owned technology company focused on developing new approaches and techniques for the Operations and Management of Communications Networks and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

We do this by pursuing excellence in five specialisations:

  • Equipment and Sensor Monitoring and Control, which consolidates the operations of equipment and sensors into a single user interface.
  • Spectrum Monitoring and Management, which provides automatic monitoring and surveillance of spectrum with advanced measurement techniques.
  • Network Management and Operation Support Systems, to provide operational context to equipment and spectrum resources to enable service delivery.
  • Heterogeneous Signal Processing Systems, to enable non-proprietary method for sensing and processing signals.
  • Systems Integration and Support Services, to delivery turn-key systems using best-of-breed components and considering total cost of ownership.

We apply these specialisations to the following business lines:

  • Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
  • Space Domain Awareness (SDA)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (ISREW)
  • Broadcast, Media and Telecommunications
  • Secure Communications
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ANU Techlauncher for Semester 1, 2020

Clearbox Systems is pleased to be involved with The Australian National University (ANU) Techlauncher program again for Semester 1, 2020.

TechLauncher is an initiative which enables students to develop the research and professional skills required to use technology to bring great ideas to life and have a positive impact on our society.

Alongside technical competence, these skills include communication and stakeholder management, critical thinking, design, teamwork (including multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and distributed teamwork), time management and many other generic skills required by employers in industry and government as well as by the research community

Our student team is being mentored by one of our talented engineers, Aidan Law. The students are creating a hardware and software system that can take an input from a sensor in order to track a moving object (e.g. a satellite).

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Call for collaborators and staff for growing Space Situational Awareness capability

Our Space Situational Awareness/Space Domain Awareness business is growing quickly with a number of programs under way with our academic partner (UNSW Canberra) and the Australian Department of Defence.

To keep up the momentum we are looking for additional partners to collaborate with on the development and delivery of our solutions including:

  • Commercial Ground Segment Providers
  • Other sensor types (e.g. Electro-optic, Passive Radar, Space-based)
  • Data fusion
  • Mission System Software

In addition, we are preparing to recruit for anticipated future projects and are keen to speak with people interested in the following roles:

  • SSA/SDA Lead
  • SSA/SDA Researchers
  • RF/DSP/Electronics Engineers

Get in touch at info@clearboxsystems.com.au or careers@clearboxsystems.com.au to express your interest.

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Clearbox Systems Update and Message from Managing Director

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Message from Greg Reid, Managing Director

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Following the sudden and sharp impact of COVID-19 upon the Australian economy and across the entire business spectrum, I would like to state clearly the intention of Clearbox Systems to continue operating as efficiently and safely as we can to ensure the ongoing resilience and reliability of our clients’ critical communications and broadcast infrastructure across Australia.

People are the key asset and driver of our business, ensuring their safety is paramount. We can then consistently maintain the level of delivery, service and support required for our customers. We have followed ongoing government advice in supporting our staff to work from home where possible in both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, until such restrictions ease.

With dedicated communication channels, regular team calls and our customer centric support service, our team remains highly functional, effective and focussed in helping our customers maintain their own business operations and goals throughout this challenging period. It is our time to help them as best we can.

We consider Defence, and particularly Defence communications, essential services. Similarly we consider Broadcast, and particularly free to air terrestrial broadcast, also as essential services. It is these critical networks that form the backbone of a coordinated national resilience effort and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have adjusted and will continue to adapt as required, to ensure continuity and reliability of our services, in support of the broader sovereign industry capability in these trying times.


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Business Continuity at Clearbox Systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Clearbox Systems are following all directives issued under Federal and State legislature and guidance, as and when it is updated.

Whilst we do not presently have any staff with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we are prioritising the following precautions:

  • Any and all staff who have returned from an overseas trip within the past two (2) weeks are presently self-isolating
  • All staff will be working from home for the immediate future, save for essential access requirements to the Clearbox offices.
  • Physical onsite support at all client facilities is by critical requirement only.
  • With respect to support and hardware, our telephone support is still available and calls will be routed to the most appropriate Clearbox person in line with our existing customer agreements.
  • A limited supply of hardware is in our possession and can be retrieved and/or used for repairs as required to support customer needs.

All maintenance, support, projects and new business requirements are being successfully met with a minimum of disruption.

We see all commercial activities continuing as normal for the foreseeable future.


 

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Supporting Essential Services at Clearbox Systems

Clearbox Systems is sometimes referred to as “the special sauce” that keeps critical communications infrastructure monitored, controlled and operational across Defence, Defence communications and broadcast services. This is primarily due to the unique ability of our monitoring and control software to integrate across hardware circuits, regardless of brand, make or model of the integrated equipment.

With status signals amalgamated and resolved to a simple graphical user interface, operators and onsite support personnel can quickly and easily see alerts, alarms, automated route switching and other unique parameters designed for their needs and ease of operation.

It is through this agnostic integration and amalgamated GUI that Clearbox Systems provides an efficient and highly effective portal for operators to view the equipment status and operational functionality of their critical infrastructure communications network.

With exacting demands presently placed upon all sovereign communications networks throughout this pandemic crisis, Clearbox Systems are squarely positioned to ensure ongoing support for terrestrial broadcast, Defence and Defence communication operation and resilience.


SME Industry Support

At times like these, it is paramount that Australia’s sovereign Defence industry rallies to ensure its fundamental input to capability does not diminish through hardship, inaction or loss of focus.

Clearbox Systems invites all Defence industry organisations to contact us in relation to any significant impacts you may be experiencing. We will work together collaboratively, with as many commercial partners as possible, to ensure the Australian spirit shines through in every sovereign endeavour, to support national resilience.

Contact can be made via the following channels:

Email: info@clearboxsystems.com.au
Phone: 02 9114 6164
LinkedIn: clearbox-systems

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2020 Australian Military Sales Catalogue

Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price has release the fourth edition of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue.

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have its Foresight product list – a tool already used by Australian Defence for equipment and sensor monitoring and control, spectrum monitoring and management, and network management.

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New Wideband SDR prototype readies for commercial production

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have completed prototyping with the Royal Australian Air Force for a new, small form factor, Software Defined Radio.

With dimensions of 90mm x 104mm x 152mm and weighing in at 1.2kg the unit packs an impressive set of features, including:

  • RF: TX/RX from 70MHz-6GHz, 12-bit depth, 0.2MHz – 56MHz IBW (in the variant show, there is also a HF variant)
  • PNT: GNSS Module
  • Comms: 4G LTE Modem for private LTE BLOS (in this variant), Ethernet of USB
  • CPU: available for use by customer
  • Power: rechargeable batter system providing up to 4.5 hours estimated run time
  • Antenna: interchangeable depending on platform/mission

The initial deployment will be running some Clearbox Systems software that enables interoperability of the unit with ADF and coalition software suites. In this configuration, the unit will provide a non-sensitive, low-cost, fully expendable ISREW sensor solution.

It can be deployed in theatre in great numbers to rapidly sense and shape the electromagnetic spectrum in advance of additional forces being committed.

Trials will also see the unit deployed on UAVs, High-altitude balloons and other air mobility assets.

We’re proud to be working with the Royal Australian Air Force to remake ISREW for a 5th generation battlespace. Any sensor, any platform, any effector.

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Nominations received for multiple awards at the Australian Space Awards

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have been nominated as a finalist in three categories at the Australian Space Awards.

We are a finalist for ‘Business of the Year – SME’ and ‘Defence Business of the Year’, and our Executive Director, Jeremy Hallett, is a finalist for ‘Executive of the Year’.

Backed by the Australian Space Agency and the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Space Awards recognise individuals and organisation that are at the forefront of Australia’s rapidly developing Space economy.

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RAAF selects Clearbox Systems for lightweight ISREW sensor development

Clearbox Systems has been selected by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop a lightweight ISREW sensor including the necessary hardware and the software development to integrate into relevant Defence systems.

The project is a follow on from the RAAF’s ISREW sensor trials and will see Clearbox Systems deliver an initial quantity of sensors for testing in a number of environments.

The sensors are part of an exciting development of Defence’s ISREW capability that is exploring non-traditional approaches to ISREW by deploying payloads (sensors, effectors, comms) separate from platforms.