Defence Project 799: Enhanced Satellite ISR Capability

In June 2017 the Australian Government announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to support Australian Defence Force operations around the world and at home.

The improved capabilities will be achieved through direct access to commercial imagery satellites, providing improved timeliness and value for money.

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AGO DEF 799 introductory video

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Register for industry briefings

A priority for AGO is industry engagement. The investment will create opportunities for Australian companies interested in satellite technology and imagery analysis.

AGO will be engaging with industry at briefings and through updates. If you are interested in learning more about Defence Project 799, please email


Defence Project 799 will consist of two phases:

  • Phase 1 of the project will provide Australia with direct and timely access to commercial imagery satellites to support a wide range of defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions. Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery.
  • Phase 2 of the project includes a two-year study into space capability, comprising five separate work packages. There will be opportunities for industry involvement during the course of this study.

Media release

Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry Joint Media Release: $500 million for enhanced satellite capability, 18 June 2017


Defence Project 799: Enhanced satellite ISR capability (PDF)