EOSCOM satellite achieves 21 years continuous operation

Defence and space manufacturer Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has celebrated 21 years of continuous operation of its EOSCOM communications and science test satellite. The satellite was launched on 17 July, 1998 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and has been involved in numerous scientific experiments and helped developed advanced technologies and devices. EOS is best…

UNSW PV technology commercialised overseas – yet again

Analysis by Peter Roberts Another day, another example of world-leading science commercialised overseas. The term world-leading is over-used by over-zealous Australians, but it is no exaggeration in describing the contribution by the University of New South Wales’s Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics towards the global uptake of PV solar cells. The Centre, led by Professor Martin…

Government funded training continues to fall

Government-funded vocational education and training (VET) numbers continue to fall, according to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). There were 1.1 million students enrolled in the VET system in 2018, down 1.9 per cent compared with 2017, according to a new report, gogvernment-funded students and courses 2018. The report provides a…

Pumped hydro energy storage wins $610 million federal loan

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a loan of up to $610 million for Genex’s Kidston pumped hydro project in Queensland, 270 km north of Townsville. The Kidston Project is the first globally to utilise an abandoned mine and will be capable of producing 250MW of power for eight hours. NAIF CEO Laurie…