Hosico receives grant for aerospace work: Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced Hosico Engineering from Braeside was one of the latest recipients of Defence Global Competitiveness Grants. Hosico Engineering will use its A$150,000 grant to install a finishing centre, improving its capacity to supply thermoplastic and finished components. “This program is part of the Morrison government’s commitment to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry,” Price said. “Over 26 Australian small businesses have benefited from an investment worth over A$3.4 million through this grants programme so far.” Senator for Victoria David Van said the funding will help the company to position themselves as future suppliers to international defence aerospace companies. “This funding is all about assisting Hosico Engineering to boost its sales to the international aerospace industry,” Van said. “Companies that export are not only growing our sovereign capability, but we know they also expand and can then employ more people than businesses who don’t look beyond their own backyard.” Applications for the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants programme can be made at any time. For more information go here.

Defence launches award for young innovators: Young Australians studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are encouraged to apply for the newly launched Australian Defence Force (ADF) Future Innovators Award. The award is a cash prize that encourages Year 10 and Year 12 high school students in their STEM pursuits, and recognises their innovative talents. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the ADF continues to build a high calibre STEM capability to shape and grow its modern workforce. “This government knows how integral STEM skills are to Australia’s expertise, productivity and prosperity. A passion for excellence in STEM starts at school, which is why investing in awards like this is so important,” Reynolds said. “With STEM skills being the foundation of more than 40 percent of full-time ADF roles, we’re looking for young innovators to join our impressive STEM ranks and tackle the challenges of a fast evolving, technological world.” Nominations are now open for awards with cash prizes of A$250 for Year 10 recipients and A$550 for Year 12 recipients. More information about this award can be found here.

Australian Analyst relishes first deployment: Private Cooper Leopold is making the most of his first deployment. The 21-year-old, from Gawler, South Australia, is embedded with the US Air Force on Operation Accordion in the Middle East. As a geospatial imagery intelligence analyst with the US Central Command Partner Integration Enterprise, his role is to process, exploit and disseminate (PED) operational full-motion video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). “I act as the middle man between our PED analyst crews, UAV crews, and supported units to ensure delivered products match our customer requirements,” Leopold said. “Some of our customers include a variety of military units from the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. Providing actionable intelligence to other military units allows them to conduct their job effectively and ultimately save lives. I also supervise and support the crews and monitor their performance, issues, and fatigue. Working with other countries provides an additional perspective on how to do my job and how we work together. They also ensure work is enjoyable.” Private Leopold said his work on deployment was more complex than normal. “This role differs from my job back home,” Leopold said. “Walking into work every day and not knowing what to expect means no two days are the same. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to manage multinational PED analyst crews and support a variety of mission types.”

Grant awarded to UNSW for space traffic management system: A A$3 million grant from the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants programme will enable a team from UNSW Canberra, led by Dr Melrose Brown, to work alongside Clearbox Systems, Capricorn Space and Bluerydge, to develop a unique Australian radio frequency (RF) sensor for satellite identification, tracking and collision avoidance. The new system will identify satellites from their transmitted signal characteristics, offering high precision tracking that can operate day or night. The RF sensor network will integrate with optical telescopes and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms being developed by Australia’s leading space mission team, UNSW Canberra Space. Brown said that the space traffic management system is being developed at a time when the global space sector is undergoing unprecedented change. “There is a projected 20-fold increase in the number of satellites in orbit by 2025. In addition, new technologies are enabling satellites to constantly change orbit, which poses a significant challenge to legacy space traffic management systems. The new sensor system we are developing will make an important contribution to the global effort to safely and sustainably manage the growing population of satellites orbiting Earth into the future” Another major goal of the project is to grow Australia’s human capital and skills base in the field of space domain awareness. “An exciting outcome from the collaboration are the industry-focussed education opportunities, which enable students in our undergraduate, online Space Masters and PhD streams the opportunity to gain direct experience with these important technologies and concepts,” Brown said.

F-35-program-aussie-business-wins-more-work-in-f-35-programRUAG Australia gets competitiveness grant for F-35 parts: Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced RUAG Australia was one of the latest recipients of Defence Global Competitiveness Grants. RUAG Australia will use its A$150,000 grant to digitise manufacturing planning and scheduling functions, expanding RUAG’s capacity to export aerospace components. “Over 26 Australian small businesses have benefited from an investment worth over A$3.4 million through this grants programme so far.” Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge said the grant would help RUAG Australia to continue to export around the world. “RUAG is just another example of the amazing manufacturers that we have here in Knox,” Tudge said. “We are working to help RUAG Australia achieve further success as a supplier of key components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. “RUAG Australia is an international success story. They are delivering both jobs and advanced manufacturing to service a global market.”

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