XTEK opens new sales and distribution centre in Poland

XTEK Group’s HighCom Armor division has opened a new sales and distribution office in Poland, citing proximity to military and law enforcement customers in Central European and Scandinavian nations. The group’s CEO, Scott Basham, said it located their ultra-lightweight body armour and advanced “rifle rated” helmet technology “squarely in the strategic theatre of support operations”…

To clean up Australia’s power grid, we’re going to need many thousands more skilled workers – and fast

By Jay Rutovitz, University of Technology Sydney; Chris Briggs, University of Technology Sydney, and Rusty Langdon, University of Technology Sydney To get Australia’s grid 82% powered by renewables by 2030 is a huge increase. At present, the electricity powering eastern and southern states is around 33% renewable. To get there means a lot of work.…

Australia’s place in the semiconductor world – Software may be eating the world, but software is nothing without semiconductors

Due to an unexpected number of high-quality contributions, @AuManufacturing’s Australia’s place in the semiconductor world editorial series has been extended again. Here Mike Nicholls writes that Australia has the opportunity to build a thriving semiconductor industry without investing $20 billion to build a fab. But we do need to get started.  It’s hard to imagine,…

Researchers see 14-fold improvement in hydrogen production by adding soundwaves to electrolysis

An RMIT University team that has developed a new technique using sound waves to greatly boost the output of hydrogen from electrolysers is currently seeking industry partners to scale up the invention. According to a statement from the university on Tuesday, the researchers had achieved a 14-fold improvement in hydrogen production through electrolysis.  The sound…

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Saber space traffic microservices program certified in US Saber Astronautics’ microservices program, COSMOS, completed security reviews to deploy to military operators at the US Space Force (USSF). Saber said over the weekend that that program includes a number of microservices, including tools allowing operators to analyse and visualize the space domain using live data from commercial…