Six firms share export capability grants

The federal government today announced more than $1.2 million in Defence Global Competitiveness grant funding to boost the export capability of six Australian small businesses. Perth’s Orbital Corporation received $195,624 to expand its production capability for engines and flight componentry for tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. Brisbane-based Gaardtech will use its grant of $166,000 to buy…

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Praxis Aeronautics pioneering solar powered flight – by Kerryn Caulfield

Decarbonising airplanes and drones is a major challenge as we move towards decarbonising the economy. Here Kerryn Caulfield profiles Praxis Aeronautics, whose novel composite structural systems are making solar-powered flight a possibility. The Adelaide based startup Praxis Aeronautics specialises in the design and manufacture of solar energy harvesting composite structures, using a process that directly…

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Manufacturing news briefs – stories you might have missed

SEA Electric to display four truck models at Expo Australian electric vehicle drive manufacturer SEA Electric will display four Ford and Hino-based electric trucks and vans at the Ride & Drive experience scheduled for Long Beach, California in September. The vehicles feature the Melbourne-made electric SEA-Drive Power System (pictured), which are fitted to chassis in…

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