Burwell Technologies and BAE Systems automate ship blast systems

Abrasive blasting manufacturer Burwell Technologies has been working with shipbuilder BAE Systems Australia to test autonomous robotic blast systems that could be used to help automate construction of Hunter class frigates being built in Adelaide for the Royal Australian Navy. Burwell, which provided an autonomous robotic abrasive blast solution for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is…

It’s not how big your laser is, it’s how you use it: space law is an important part of the fight against space debris

Collisions between objects in orbit are getting harder to avoid. Several technologies for getting space debris out of harm’s way have been proposed, most recently the plan from Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to use a pair of ground-based lasers to track debris and “nudge” it away from potential collisions or even out of orbit altogether.

Q-CTRL to demonstrate quantum control technology

Sydney start-up Q-CTRL will demonstrate its performance-boosting quantum computer infrastructure software in a real-world problem at the Australian Army’s inaugural Quantum Technologies Challenge later this month. Q-CTRL derives from research extensively funded by universities and the federal government, and applies the principles of control engineering to power quantum technology. Quantum computing stores information at the…

Micro-X’s modest sales as product commercialisation accelerates

Cold cathode X-Ray nachine manufacturer Micro-X has notched up modest revenues of $750,000 in the March quarter as it presses ahead with commercialising its unique lightweight, low-power X-Ray emitter technology. The Adelaide company, which has developed the world’s first and only carbon nanotube X-ray emitter, continues to make sales of its first product, the Nano…