DroneShield wins Australian army contract

Australian drone countermeasure company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has won an Australian army contract to provide portable unmanned aerial system (drone) detection devices. The company, which is listed locally but operates mainly overseas, won a $700,000 tender made up of a combination of an initial purchase price and an annual subscription component. DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik…

Precision Buses fires up new plant

South Australia’s innovation minister David Pisoni has given a first glimpse into Precision Buses expanded manufacturing facility at Edinburgh in northern Adelaide. The facility, enlarged to cope with a state government bus purchase of 340 buses, has taken on an extra 40 staff, bringing the full complement to 95. “This is the place where South…

EOS establishes new space communications business

Canberra’s Electro Optic Systems ((ASX: EOS) has established a new business segment EOS Communications Systems joining its existing defence and space systems businesses. The company has invested more than $250 million over nine years, including $50 million from government grants here and in the United States, to prepare for its communications foray. The company, best…

Southern Launch signs up first customer

Southern Launch which is developing the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has signed up its first rocket launch customer. Southern Launch signed an agreement today at an international space conference in Adelaide with Perigee Aerospace of Daejeon, South Korea. Perigee is developing the Blue Whale micro launch vehicle, which…

Plastic: from problem to circular resource

By Andrea Polson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Licella   Currently only 50% of plastics can be physically recycled. The rest, termed ‘End-of-Life Plastic’, is sent to landfill, incinerated or ends up in our oceans.   Almost two years after China Sword (the World’s major waste importer banning the import of foreign waste), we still need to…

Australian space experts focus on small sat technology

By Jim Plouffe Australia’s rebooted space industry is positioning itself as a world leader in the development of smart satellites and associated technologies that will streamline communication, drive the Internet of Things, enhance Earth Observation and shape the defence forces of the future. The Australian Government backed SmartSat CRC – or Cooperative Research Centre –…