Breakthrough Victoria invests in silicon chip company MILLIBEAM

Breakthrough Victoria is investing $3 million in fabless semiconductor company MILLIBEAM, aiming to accelerate the development and global adoption of millimetre wavelength (mmWave) radio chipsets for 5G/6G communications networks. The investment from Breakthrough Victoria will significantly bolster MILLIBEAM’s operations in Melbourne, with the company planning to hire an additional four specialised systems engineers and five…

Boeing to apply local communications systems to defence

Boeing has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver the deployed communications elements of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) next generation Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) under project AIR6500. Drawing on the technology developed for the Currawong Battlespace Communications System, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) will deliver hardware and software for voice and…

Skykraft celebrates anniversary of satellite ATC network

Satellite communications manufacturer Skykraft has celebrated the one year anniversary of the launch of five Skykraft-3 satellites on the 13th of June 2023. The satellites have paved the way for the company to roll out its space-enabled VHF communications and ADS-B surveillance system for Air Traffic Management with operational service commencing in late 2026, according…

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Viraleze shows efficacy in Covid-19 patients – Starpharma Starpharma’s Viraleze antiviral nasal spray has demonstrated antiviral efficacy in a placebo-controlled study in participants with Covid-19. Viraleze achieved a statistically significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 viral load, in the cohort of participants aged 45 and over. Viral load in the nose was reduced by 80 percent less…

Babcock’s $31 million HQ readies for AUKUS work

Developer Commercial & General has begun construction of a new $31 million manufacturing, warehouse and office facility in Adelaide for defence contractor Babcock Australasia. The Torrens Road, Adelaide site will include a 4,000m2 purpose-built manufacturing and maintenance building that will underpin Babcock’s delivery of support to land and naval defence programmes including in-service sustainment for…

Skykraft delivers space-based VHF communication for Air Traffic Management

Canberra satellite manufacturer Skykraft has completed what it calls a world first trial of space-based VHF voice communications as part of their development of satellites to provide space-based aviation communications and surveillance services. Voice radio communications in the VHF band are used for communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, with VHF radios standard aircraft…