Govt tepid on calls for export, innovation pivot

By Joseph Brookes The federal government has downplayed calls for it to take a larger role in diversifying Australia’s exports, strengthen supply chain resilience, and lead research and industry collaboration, insisting its current measures are adequate despite mounting criticism. The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth, led by the controversial LNP backbencher George…

IMCRC, Allegra back implant technology development

A new industry-led project supported by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) will develop a proprietary coating process for orthopaedic implants. Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre for Surface Engineering and Advanced Materials, and RMIT will explore the coasting process which deposits a bioceramic material onto implants. The project, which has been awarded $118,338 by IMCRC…

Micro-X teams up with Liberty for airport security

Security solutions provider Liberty Defense and cold cathode X-Ray machine manufacturer Micro-X have teamed up to develop enhanced people and passenger screening systems for aviation or commercial security. The two companies have signed a technical and marketing collaboration agreement to combine their technologies to help speed up the flow of people through security checkpoints. Micro-X…

Australian developed CEAFAR radar now operational

The Australian developed and manufactured CEAFAR-2L air search radar has reached Initial Operating Capability status mounted aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigates. CEAFAR, manufactured by SEA Technologies, is an active phased array radar with a unique microwave tile-based design incorporating Digital Beam Forming (DBF) technology. Originally delivered to the navy in 2010, the…

What missile capabilities mean to industry and Australia – by Melissa Price

The federal government has attracted three Australian and several foreign owned consortia to bid for a $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise. Here defence industry minister Melissa Price explains the government’s strategy. Right here and right now, Australia at the centre of an ever-changing and at times challenging strategic defence environment. As…

Skykraft to launch 300kg satellite on SpaceX mission

Space services company Skykraft has announced it will launch a 300kg satellite on SpaceX’s upcoming Transporter-5 mission. The satellite produced by the UNSW Canberra spin-off company is a carrier for multiple early-phase Skykraft Air Traffic Management satellites These will form a global constellation of 210 satellites that will create a space-based Air Traffic Management system…

BluGlass demonstrates working laser diodes

Semiconductor technology developer BluGlass has successfully demonstrated the manufacture of working tunnel junction laser diodes in a world-first proof of concept utilising its proprietary RPCVD technology. The company is developing equipment for making laser diodes, a type of semiconductor, based on its breakthrough Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) technology. The technology utilises advanced materials…