Fleet Space to lead $6.4 million defence communications project

Nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies has been awarded a$6.4 million contract with Australia’s new Defence Space Command agency to develop and demonstrate a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications system “focused on tactical communications and data transmission where connectivity is limited.” The contract is the first in defence for Fleet, which manufactures satellites for industrial…

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New UQ thin-film sensor sets the gold standard

A thin, flexible gold sensor engineered at The University of Queensland (UQ) has the potential to unlock the next generation of implantable medical devices. Researchers at UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) have produced a small film-like sensor that is both flexible and sensitive enough to enable more streamlined electronic medical implants. The…

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Australia finally has an electric vehicle strategy. How does it stack up?

By Hussein Dia, Swinburne University of Technology Australia’s first National Electric Vehicle Strategy, released on Wednesday, details the government’s long-awaited plans to accelerate the adoption of these vehicles. Consultations on the strategy began last September. The climate change and energy minister, Chris Bowen, then promised the strategy would make Australia a globally competitive market for…

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Our search for Australia’s most innovative companies – how PPK went from mining to cutting edge manufacturing

@AuManufacturing is searching for Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers, and today we feature our latest nominee for recognition, technology investment powerhouse PPK Group. Here, Peter Roberts interviews co-founder and Executive Chairman, Robin Levison. Robin Levison is an unlikely entrepreneur focussing on commercialising university research in the advanced manufacturing of totally new materials. His background is…

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Skykraft sends 5 satellites to the US for launch

Canberra satellite manufacturer Skykraft has successfully completed flight readiness reviews for Skykraft’s Block III satellites, which are now being shipped to the United States ready for launch on the next SpaceX Transporter mission. The Block III satellites are the second batch of satellites to be launched in Skykraft’s proof-of-concept activities for a constellation of over…

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