F-35 Lightning debut – a new era of defence industry

Comment by Peter Roberts Australia’s first two F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft land at Williamtown RAAF base today marking a new era in defence-industry co-operation. After a fly past along the coast the F-35 Lightnings touch down at 10.00 am allowing Australians to glimpse the world’s most advanced aircraft, boasting an unprecedented level of Australian…

Australian progress in commercialising quantum computing

Quantum computers where information is stored at the sub-atomic level are edging closer to reality scientifically, and in Australia, industrially. The University of New South Wales has announced a team led by Professor Michelle Simmons has demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms. Simmons is a world-leader in…

Space: Australia’s new frontier

Comment by Peter Roberts. An Australian space industry, the second in our history, is rapidly taking shape with government research, rocket and satellite manufacturers and potential end use markets ranging from Earth sensing to internet of things (IoT) communications falling into place. Only a month ago @AuManufacturing reported the successful launch into space on a…