Cellula Robotics developing autonomous submarine for the RAN

Canadian marine engineering firm Cellula Robotics has announced it is six months into a contract with Defence Cooperative Research Centre Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) to develop the next generation of fuel cell powered, Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with Australian sub-contractors, the company’s project SeaWolf…

Haigh’s buys land to double chocolate production

Luxury chocolate maker Haigh’s Chocolates has purchased land at a new industrial estate in northern Adelaide for a major expansion of its manufacturing and warehousing operation. The company, the oldest family owned chocolate maker, joins high-profile food and drink manufacturing businesses in Salisbury South, buying 3.6 hectares at the Nexus North development next to the…

Space Machines to launch its Optimus in-space orbital transfer vehicle

Australian in-space transportation provider, Space Machines Company (SMC) has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) to space as part of its April 2023 mission. SMC’s Optimus OTV is one of the largest commercial spacecraft designed and manufactured in Australia. The 2023 mission will demonstrate…

Election 22 the real issues – the industry policy dog that didn’t bark by Roy Green

@AuManufacturing’s occasional editorial series on the real issues in the 2022 federal election concludes today with a return to industry and innovation policy – largely missing in action in the election campaign. By Professor Roy Green. When it comes to research and innovation, the current election campaign recalls the Sherlock Holmes story featuring the dog…