Hypersonix awarded first major contract

Hypersonix Launch Systems has been selected from a field of 63 respondents by the United States’ Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to provide aircraft for hypersonic tests, the company’s first major contract. The DIU selected Hypersonix for the “Hypersonic and High-Cadence Airborne Testing Capabilities” (HyCAT1) program, which seeks to test in a “representative environment”, maintaining speeds…

Enabling design for environmental good reports examine what’s needed in circular economy shift

A series of reports released on Thursday outline a roadmap for Australia’s circular economy transition, which is still in its early stages, and highlight the importance of design in this. Enabling Design for Environmental Good was commissioned by the federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.  RMIT project lead and Associate Professor…

ADS sniffs out robot sale to Belgium

Automation company Accurate Dosing Systems (ADS) has landed a contract with the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, Firmenich to supply and service a purpose-built robot for its laboratory in Belgium. The high-tech robot will automate the process of accurately measuring out hundreds of flavouring solutions, which go on to determine the taste profile…

Warship alliance secures contract extension

The federal government has awarded a contract extension to the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) partners who are upgrading the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac class frigates. The WAMA is an alliance of BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Naval Ship Management and the Commonwealth Government and sustains hundreds of skilled shipbuilding jobs at Henderson in Western…

First Ocius naval vessels received by Navy

The Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy has welcomed the arrival of the first Ocius BlueBottle Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs, pictured) manufactured by Ocius Technology for the Australian Defence Force. The Royal Australian Navy and defence industry have worked together through a Defence Innovation Hub initiative to develop the Ocius BlueBottle USV, which is used…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Nominations open for Victorian Manufacturing Awards Nominations opened on Monday for the 21st Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. The state-based award program was opened by minister for manufacturing sovereignty Ben Carroll, who said “The awards recognise our top manufacturers that are leading from the front – cementing our status as Australia’s manufacturing state.” This year there…