News briefs – stories you might have missed this week

NSW buys more trains from overseas The New South Wales government has continued its policies of buying trains and trams from overseas rather than local sources, ordering a further 23 drivertess metro trains. Alstom will build the Metropolis trains (pictured) in India. Buddy sells technology for LED lights Technology development company Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD)…

The Race to Invest in the Space – infographic

Humans have long viewed outer space as the final frontier. Our thirst for exploration has brought whole nations together to create more advanced technologies─all in the pursuit of discovering the outer reaches of the universe. Today’s infographic from Visual Capitalist and ProcureAM highlights the exciting journey humans have taken into outer space, and the economic…

Boeing flies Australian developed pilotless jet – video

Boeing has flown its Australian developed unmanned Loyal Wingman jet for the first time, releasing a video (below) of the aircraft in flight. Boeing Australia revealed the flights on social media where it said: “We successfully achieved our first autonomous teamed flights using high-performance jets as test beds and Australian-developed mission systems technology.” The post…

Graphene set to change the future, but Australian commercialisation needs incentivisation

The nanomaterial graphene holds vast industrial possibilities, but more incentives are needed to commercialise world-leading Australian research, the Graphene + Enabled Smart Cities Conference heard yesterday. Chair of the Australian Graphene Industry Association Chris Gilbey said in his opening remarks at yesterday’s event that graphene was a critical ingredient in the “smart cities” of the…