Six firms share export capability grants

The federal government today announced more than $1.2 million in Defence Global Competitiveness grant funding to boost the export capability of six Australian small businesses. Perth’s Orbital Corporation received $195,624 to expand its production capability for engines and flight componentry for tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. Brisbane-based Gaardtech will use its grant of $166,000 to buy…

Praxis Aeronautics pioneering solar powered flight – by Kerryn Caulfield

Decarbonising airplanes and drones is a major challenge as we move towards decarbonising the economy. Here Kerryn Caulfield profiles Praxis Aeronautics, whose novel composite structural systems are making solar-powered flight a possibility. The Adelaide based startup Praxis Aeronautics specialises in the design and manufacture of solar energy harvesting composite structures, using a process that directly…