Defence marks progress with $535 million shipyard investment

Australia’s defence ministers have confirmed construction is on schedule at the Osborne Naval Precinct in Adelaide for a 2020 completion of the government’s major shipbuilding infrastructure investments. Canberra is spending $535 million at Osborne preparing the site, which built the Collins Class submarines, to construct Australia’s new Hunter class frigates. Defence minister Linda Reynolds and…

CRC proves its worth even with the climate deniers in charge

Comment by Peter Roberts In the past week Australia’s Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) closed its doors after seven years focused on lowering carbon emissions in the built environment. The CRC programme, introduced by the Hawke government, has been a big success in aligning academic research interests with those of industry.…

Ocius successfully trials unmanned naval vessel

Autonomous systems builder Ocius has successfully trialled its Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel (USV) developed as part of a $3 million Defence innovation contract. The 18 foot Bluebottle prototype successfully identified and navigated around surface vessels such as speed boats in trials off the NSW coast, and maintained speed in various sea conditions. Bluebottle is normally…