Home | Sky News AustraliaAt the weekend, Elon Musk’s commercial giant SpaceX launched two NASA astronauts in a spacecraft named Crew Dragon which, from the inside, looked like a souped-up Tesla. The Falcon 9 rocket launched the spacecraft, returned to Earth and landed on a ship to later be re-used. And the Crew Dragon eventually docked autonomously with the International Space Station (ISS).

Chinooks and Seahawks Train with HMAS Canberra - Second Line of ...One of the challenges facing the future use of the HMAS Canberra is the evolving nature of the threat in the region, which undoubtedly see the evolution in the ship’s capability to work with other air and maritime assets to work sea control missions as well as embarkation missions as well.  This is a work in progress for sure.

Australian taxpayers will fork out close to $1 billion for the Woomera Range Complex upgrade, used by the ADF, the US and UK. With revelations that the US military denies Australia access to computer source code needed to operate key components in our war-fighting equipment, Michelle Fahy investigates the real beneficiaries of the secret test range.

PixabayThe University of South Australia (UniSA) and the University of Wollongong (UOW) are set to collaborate to boost Australian defence industry research. UniSA and UOW signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to deliver Defence capability and explore wider engagement across other disciplines. The collaboration will enable new advances using AI and data analytics in the area of informed decision making and the development of goal-oriented autonomous systems.

RUAG Australia awarded Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority ...RUAG Australia is among the recipients of the Department of Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) grant. The grant allows RUAG to grow its capacity and supply chain resilience. The grant funding is set to enhance RUAG Australia’s capability for the manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of hydraulic components and advance the company’s continuing efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency and cost competitiveness on behalf of their customers.

Marines trim Australia rotational force to 1,200 Marines due to ...Fewer than half as many U.S. Marines than originally planned will rotate to Australia’s Northern Territory for a training mission this summer that was cut short by the coronavirus, according to the Australian Minister of Defence. The Marine Corps on May 5 announced the resumption of the rotation to the northern Australian city of Darwin.

Defence has settled with willing sellers near Greenvale for a new training area. Credit: Masao MikiThe government has announced the shortlist of managing contractors competing for the $800 million contract for facilities at the new Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) training area located near Greenvale in North Queensland. The shortlisted companies are CPB Contractors, Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease Building.

Tuesday 12 May was to have been budget night, until Covid-19 intervened and the government moved the 2020–21 budget release to 6 October. This gives Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his team time to focus on the crisis and to gauge its impact on the economy and the government’s own financial position. We don’t have clarity on that yet.

Gilmour Technologies' CEO & founder Adam Gilmour, a lifelong space fan who believes that rockets can be made "smaller, cheaper, faster".Australia’s Department of Defence is collaborating with rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies on the development of new space technologies aimed at helping launch Australian rockets and satellites into space. Under a newly announced agreement, Defence Science and Technology (DST) and Gilmour Space - a “homegrown” Gold Coast-based hybrid rocket launch provider - will work on areas of mutual interest, including propulsion, materials and avionics technologies for space.

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