Australian officials join AUKUS submarine inspection

Representatives from the Australian and US submarine support organisations have joined Royal Navy personnel in UK submarine operating base Faslane to understand how to maintain nuclear-powered submarines, which will support future AUKUS nations. Forming an Advance Verification Team (AVT), subject matter experts from all three AUKUS nations joined British shipyard personnel to develop their understanding…

EOIs open for funding under iLAuNCH

The iLAuNCH (Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics) Trailblazer has made a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in its second round of projects, with a cutoff date of November 20. ILAuNCH is a $180 million, four-year program dedicated to commercialising university research through partnerships with industry. It was awarded $50 million in…

DroneShield releases new DroneSentry product for US Army expo

Drone detection and countermeasure manufacturer DroneShield has announced the release of “a multi-mission Counter-UAS solution”, named DroneSentry-X Mk2, which debuts at this week’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA 2023.) In an announcement on Monday morning (Australian time) ahead of the Washington, DC event, DroneShield said the new UAS solution…

BioCina aims for vaccines against biowarfare threats

Pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturer BioCina is industry partner in an ambitious research project that aims to develop vaccine candidates to protect against biowarfare threats including Q Fever, tularaemia, and melioidosis. BioCina, the health Security Systems Australia (HSSA) division of defence innovation group DMTC, and academics led by Griffith University, including the Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory…

Queensland quantum strategy shoots for the stars

A new strategy to support the continued growth of the quantum technology industry has been launched by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during her CEDA State of the State address. The strategy leverages Queensland’s research and fabrication capabilities across quantum and other related technologies such as semiconductors, superconductors, photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), for industry sectors…