A chunk of Chinese satellite almost hit the International Space Station. They dodged it – but the space junk problem is getting worse

By Mark Rigby, University of Southern Queensland and Brad Carter, University of Southern Queensland Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November…

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MoorPower wave power project gets underway

Advanced Composite Structures Australia has officially launched the $3.4 million MoorPower Project in partnership with Carnegie Clean Energy, the Blue Economy CRC, universities and leading aquaculture firms. ACS Australia has begun prototyping of composite components and developing material processes in what will be a two-year development of a wave power facility for offshore aquaculture industries.…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

Defence trailer manufacturer reveals new product Specialty off road vehicle manufacturer Land Force Defence & Mobility has shared on social media ‘some of the exciting products we are developing at the moment’. The company makes a wide range of special purpose trailers, mission modules and remote area support vehicles for defence forces. Design manager Nathan…

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Slow wage growth for engineers despite infrastructure boom

Australian engineers are seeing slowing wages growth despite a lack of migrant engineers affecting employers and booms underway in infrastructure and defence procurement sectors, according to a new report. The report released by Professionals Australia also found that more action is required to strengthen gender equity and diversity in the male dominated industry. The Professional…

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Calix patents novel zero-emission steel production technology

Low industrial emissions technology developer Calix has filed a patent covering a new and potentially significant application of its core kiln technologies to produce zero CO2 emissions iron and steel. The company’s zero emissions steel technology, ZESTY, involves the use of the company’s kiln technology which is being proven in its full-scale zero-emissions LEILAC cement…

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