Black Sky Aerospace develops solid rocket fuel

Queensland’s Black Sky Aerospace has celebrated the successful launch of the first rocket powered by Australian-made fuel (pictured). The company was partly funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to develop a process to manufacture solid-state rocket fuel, using it for the launch in outback Queensland earlier this month. AMGC chairman Paul Cooper said Back…

New space institute launched at Swinburne University

Swinburne University has launched its new Space Technology and Industry Institute, headed by astronomer Professor Alan Duffy. The university said in a statement on Friday that the new institute would link its “capabilities in astrophysics, aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and education” to address challenges “at the edge of human understanding and imagination.” Duffy…

Downer Defence Systems collaborates to develop Muskito system

Downer Defence Systems (DDS) has partnered with Urban Circus, EPE, and Boeing offshoot Insitu Pacific to develop the autonomous Muskito military vehicle (pictured). DDS has been announced as prime systems integrator for the velicle, a Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) concept that will use autonomous systems and machine learning. Once an explosive threat is detected,…