$10.6 million drone contract to create 10 jobs at Xtek

Defence supplier Xtek has earned a $10.6 million contract to “provide spare parts, repair, maintenance and support services” for the Australian Defence Force’s fleet of Wasp All Environment drones.   The work will be carried out at a Xtek’s recently-completed Canberra facility, and according to defence industry minister Melissa Price will create an additional 10…

Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots

By Andrew Dempster, Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research; UNSW   In the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s meeting with US President Donald Trump, the Australian government announced on Sunday a commitment of A$150million “into our local businesses and new technologies that will support NASA on its inspirational campaign to return to the…

We can make roof tiles with built-in solar cells – now the challenge is to make them cheaper

Despite being such a sunkissed country, Australia is still lagging behind in the race to embrace solar power. While solar panels adorn hundreds of thousands of rooftops throughout the nation, we have not yet seen the logical next step: buildings with solar photovoltaic cells as an integral part of their structure.