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First commercial space launch blasts off from Arnhem Land Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) owner of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory last night successfully completed Australia’s first commercial space launch with NASA (rocket, pictured). The historic launch was NASA’s first from a fully commercial spaceport and is the…

Sun Cable power export project deemed investment ready

Infrastructure Australia has announced that Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) has met all requirements of the Infrastructure Priority List, advancing the project to Stage 3 ‘Investment-ready’ status. The AAPowerLink is the world’s largest solar, storage and transmission system that will transmit renewable electricity from the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory to Darwin and Singapore.…

Arena continues support for UNSW solar PV research

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $45 million in funding to the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) to extend operations of their cutting edge solar photovoltaic (PV) research to 2030. Delivered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, ACAP includes research groups…

Australian Manufacturing Forum passes 11,000 members

@AuManufacturing’s social media discussion and networking group, the Australian Manufacturing Forum on Linkedin, has passed an important membership milestone. The Forum, Australia’s largest professional social media group of Australian manufacturers, passed 11,006 members this morning with the admission of 10 new members. The Forum has grown steadily since its founding in 2013, and 18 months…

Pierlite extends IIoT offering with Levaux purchase

Lighting manufacturer Pierlite has acquired the SenseAgent smart building technology portfolio from Brisbane industrial IoT developer Levaux for an undisclosed sum. Pierlite made the purchase together with parent company Signify to bolster the group’s Interact smart IoT ecosystem offering. SenseAgent is a smart building platform that promises to give owners and occupiers of buildings fine-grained…

ASA and Aerobotix launch into hypersonic missile production

Robotic integration companies Aerobotix and Automated Solutions Australia (ASA) today announced an international robotic automation partnership for the development, testing and manufacturing of hypersonic missiles. The partnership follows the 2021 signing of the AUKUS security pact between the US, UK and Australia which includes provisions for the allies to work together on hypersonic and counter-hypersonic…

Titomic and Repkon to make gun barrels, but not locally

Additive manufacturing technology company Titomic and production line builder Repkon Machine and Tool Industry and Trade Inc. have signed a formal joint venture to establish a gun barrel manufacturing facility. However disappointingly, the facility will not be built in Australia as originally announced. When first revealed in @AuManufacturing a year ago, the hybrid additive manufacturing,…