MicroTau selected for US Air Force trials of its fuel-saving sharkskin 

Sydney-based aerospace company MicroTau, which has designed specialised polymer riblet films for aircraft to increase fuel efficiency, has been selected by the United States’ Department of Defense (DoD) for flight testing of its product. According to a statement from the Australian company on Friday, it was selected in response to the Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU)…

Carbonix drones fly ‘out of sight’ to survey power network

Drone manufacturer and solutions provider Carbonix has flown its drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS), completing a mission with SA Power Networks inspecting 150km of powerlines in remote South Australia. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved BVLoS mission paves the way for Carbonix’s drones to inspect South Australia’s vast electricity distribution network of…

SKA radio telescope installs first antenna

One of the world’s largest science infrastructure projects, the billion dollar Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, is closer to fruition following the installation of the first antennas. These are part of more than 130,000 two-metre-tall, Christmas tree-shaped antennas (pictured) to be installed across 74 km of the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. When signals…

VAILO launches new PC amber luminaire

LED lighting manufacturer VAILO has announced the official launch of the PC amber variant of its Zenith Gen-V flagship luminaire. According to a fact sheet from the company, white LEDs “pose significant challenges in wildlife sensitive areas due to their blue-rich spectrum.” Phosphor Converted Amber LEDs “offer a promising solution by providing a spectrum closer…