Cannabis production facility gets major projects status

The federal government has granted major projects status to a massive project near Toowoomba in Queensland to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. The $450 million project being developed by Asterion Australia would establish 40 hectares of fully automated glasshouses in three stages. Industry minister, Karen Andrews said the project could ultimately support 1,000 jobs, and…

Micro-X forms alliance with Thales Group

By Angela Skujins South Australian company Micro-X has signed a contract with Thales Group to develop its mobile X-ray products for security purposes. Under a new contract with the global company, Adelaide-based Micro-X will develop multiple image processing systems for defence and security purposes. Micro-X manufactures carbon nanotube X-ray systems that are portable and adaptable…

Myriota demonstrates IoT for the battlefield

Internet of things (IoT) nanosatellite company, Myriota has demonstrated its low cost connectivity at an international military science event. The Adelaide company took part in the Contested Urban Environment 2018 (CUE18) challenge in Montreal along with the Australian government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) group. The event, involving 250 scientists from Canada, New Zealand, the…

Audit office raises doubts over maintenance of Navy ships

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has delivered scathing criticism of Defence’s sustainment programme for some of the country’s most important naval assets. The office’s report found sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates was not meeting most of its key performance indicators. The ANZACs service life has been extended…