Why we built a unique space propulsion system – by Andrew Uscinski

Valiant Space has been awarded a $200,000 grant as part of the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative to develop Australia’s first in-space chemical thruster. Here Andrew Uscinski explains what motivated him to establish Valiant Space, and partner with space services company Skykraft for its maiden flight to space onboard a Skykraft satellite. Valiant…

Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Atomo Diagnostics gets FDA clearance Medical device company Atomo Diagnostics has received Emergency Use Authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration for its one of its rapid COVID-19 tests developed with Korea’s Access Bio. The company’s CareStart EZ COVID-19 IgM/IgG test detects recent or previous Covid-19 infection. The rapid antibody test combines Atomo’s rapid…

Equipping Australia’s armed forces – Make Our Future Together by Tom Kenyon

Our editorial series – Equipping Australia’s armed forces – continues today with an analysis of China and the global political situation. Here Tom Kenyon outlines how collaboration to strengthen strategic supply chains will drive value-adding and manufacturing. If there’s one word that contains some of the hardest challenges the western world will face in the…

Equipping Australia’s armed forces – equipping for future wars by Gregor Ferguson

Our editorial series – Equipping Australia’s armed forces – asks what war are we preparing for, are we buying the right equipment, is Defence agile enough to be making the right decisions, and is it communicating its strategies with the public. Dr Gregor Ferguson asks the hard questions. So let’s start with the headline figure:…

Sovereign missile developer adds US company to collaboration

The Australian Missile Corp­­­­oration developing an Australian SME led response to the federal government’s call for the development of a sovereign guided weapons enterprise has signed yet another collaborating partner business. AMC, a subsidiary of Queensland munitions and explosives manufacturer NIOA, has added US commercial technology company Mercury Systems Inc to what is becoming a…