MediaTek says its new microprocessors are up to the job of enabling everyday smartphones to stream to geostationary satellites 36,000km above the earth.
Australians will make satellite video calls directly from their phones without needing a dish, says Telstra.
British rugged phone maker Bullitt plans to install its satellite connect platform in Australia, which will allow texting from anywhere in the country.
Australia is playing a crucial role monitoring the increasing danger presented by space junk.
Gold Coast firm Gilmour Space and Griffith University have signed a five-year deal to locally develop and launch low earth orbit satellites.