Swinburne takes hydrogen to the skies

Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology has successfully completed the first flight of an Australian-developed hydrogen fuel cell electric powered VTOL drone. The flight occurring last week in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley was the first of its type in Australia. This flight was the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), hydrogen-powered uncrewed aerial system (UAS) flight.…

Infinitus Aero reveals E22 Spark electric aircraft

Adelaide manufacturer Infinitus Aero has secured access to leading edge battery technology for its planned E22 Spark electric light sport aircraft (pictured) and plans to be ready for flight within 90 days. Infinitus Aero, formerly known as Bader Aero, secured battery technology from US-based Amprius Technologies and has partnered with Australian based battery integrator Prohelion…

Pushing water uphill: Snowy 2.0 was a bad idea from the start. Let’s not make the same mistake again

By Bruce Mountain, Victoria University Last night ABC’s Four Corners investigated the problem-plagued Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro power station, focusing on a bogged tunnelling machine, toxic gas and an unexpected volume of sludge. While these specific problems are new, we have criticised this project since 2019 and outlined six key problems even earlier elsewhere. How…

EMVision further develops its portable stroke scanner

Medical imaging manufacturer EMVision Medical Devices is further developing its innovative portable brain scanner. The company’s first generation scanner, which uses microwave imaging techniques to detect strokes at the point of care, is undergoing clinical testing. Now the Brisbane company has assembled an advanced 28-antenna prototype of its 2nd generation ultra-light weight helmet scanner (pictured)…

Boeing and Ferra to develop longer range gliding munition

Boeing and Australian manufacturer Ferra Engineering have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue production of Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) wing kits for local and export markets. The companies also plan explore applications for Powered JDAM — a long-range, low-cost and mass-producible JDAM derivative capable of travelling upwards of 300 nautical…

Viridian expands at Woodville North site ahead of construction code changes

Glass processor Viridian Glass is in the middle of a $4.5 million upgrade to its Woodville North, South Australia site, tipping increased demand for energy-efficiency-boosting windows due to upcoming changes to the state’s building standards. According to a statement from the South Australian government on Tuesday, Viridian has recently invested $2.3 million at Woodville North…

Your Digitisation Journey – webinar recording online now for you to view

@AuManufacturing’s latest online webinar – Your Digitisation Journey – is now available online for you to view via our YouTube channel. Hear how Christopher Janssen, Managing Director at GPC Electronics, harnessed technology to become Australia’s largest electronics manufacturer. Vanessa Katsanevakis, Director of Sussex Taps talks of the sophisticated manufacturing, materials tracking and storage and metal…