Inovor and ANU to develop satellite communications systems

Satellite manufacturer Inovor Technologies and the Australian National University have come together as part of the iLaunch Trailblazer project to develop resilient radio links to ground stations and for inter-satellite communication. The project will develop and qualify a satellite-based Software Defined Radio for an on orbit demonstration of capability. Satellites rely on radio systems to…

Towards 3% R&D – Reach for the Moon to innovate by Xavier Orr

@AuManufacturing turns today in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – to one of the bright sparks in the innovation scene – the development of a research-based space industry. By Xavier Orr. Australia’s space sector has skyrocketed in the past two decades. As of 2008, Australia was the only…

No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs

By Andrew Blakers, Australian National University As Australia’s rapid renewable energy rollout continues, so too does debate over land use. Nationals Leader David Littleproud, for example, claimed regional areas had reached “saturation point” and cannot cope with more wind and solar farms and transmission lines. So how much land is needed to fully decarbonise energy…

lululemon, Samsara say new recycled polyester jacket is a world first

Plastic recycling startup Samsara Eco has announced the next step in its partnership with athletic clothing brand lululemon, launching their first product containing “enzymatically recycled polyester” on Thursday. According to a statement from the pair, a limited edition Packable Anorak jacket by lululemon contains “a variety of inputs, including mixed plastic waste, lululemon apparel at…

$51 million for CRC-P industry research collaborations

The federal government has committed $51 million to support collaboration between industry and researchers under Round 15 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P). The 21 grants support industry-led projects with promising commercial potential that solve a wide range of community and economic challenges, from diagnosing life-threatening infections more quickly to innovative environmental recycling processes.…

Twelve new CSIRO ON Accelerate ventures announced

Addressing global health challenges, championing sustainability through circularity, and advancing advanced manufacturing, are some of the innovative areas selected for the next stage of CSIRO’s ON Accelerate programme. The programme, which develops high-potential, research-based ventures for launch into the Australian market, will include 12 new deep-tech project teams who will be given the tools and…