UNSW Canberra and the RAAF will develop three Cubesats for maritime surveillance.
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Photo: NASA.[/caption] Nick Ellis UNSW Canberra and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will develop three Cubesats to be used for maritime surveillance, with the first lifting off in early 2018. UNSW Canberra has signed a $9.96 million contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop new ways to enhance Australia’s future Defence space capability. Engineers and scientists from UNSW Canberra Space will design and build three Cubesat spacecraft for two space missions, to be launched into Low Earth Orbit. Cubesats are miniaturised satellites with a standardised form that fits into ‘piggy-back’ dispensers on most commercial rocket launch services They are made up of units that are 10 centimetres cubed, use a variety of off-the-shelf and bespoke electronic components and sensors. They are economical, can be applied to a wide array of space-based purposes (particularly for space research, Earth observations and communications), and can be rapidly designed and built to high standards. 3 unit (3U) Cubesats are roughly the size of a loaf of bread and weigh approximately 4kg. 6 unit (6U) Cubesats are twice the size as 3U. Director of UNSW Canberra Space, Professor Russell Boyce says the Cubesats will be used for maritime surveillance. "These spacecraft are able to gather remote sensing information with radios and cameras, and are the sort of innovative space capability that can help meet many ground-based needs in ways that make sense for Australia,” Professor Boyce said. “Because they have re-programmable software defined radios on board, we can change their purpose on the fly during the mission, which greatly improves the spacecraft’s functional capabilities for multiple use by Defence." The first will lift-off in early 2018, followed by the second in 2019. The space missions will also deliver research and educational outcomes for Defence and civilian students studying engineering at UNSW Canberra. UNSW Canberra Rector, Professor Michael Frater, said the space program is built on the university’s strengths in satellite and sensor R&D. “UNSW Canberra has invested significantly to build a very large world class team of space scientists and engineers. With the announcement this week of a national space agency, we are very excited about the future of space in Australia. We look forward to having a leading role in the space industry, both through education and research.” [post_title] => RAAF, UNSW to cooperate in space [post_excerpt] => UNSW Canberra and the RAAF will develop three Cubesats for maritime surveillance. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => raaf-unsw-cooperate-space-missions [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-06 10:29:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-05 23:29:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://governmentnews.com.au/?p=28147 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28117 [post_author] => 670 [post_date] => 2017-09-26 10:59:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-26 00:59:36 [post_content] => The Australian Government will outlay $50 million over the next seven years to establish the Cyber Security CRC. The new cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), long campaigned for by the industry, has been announced in time for CyberWeek Sydney and “will build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of our businesses and citizens in cyberspace”. While the funding “will leverage more than $89 million from the 25 industry, research and government partners”, the $50m announcement comes at a time when the just-also-announced Australian space agency has no funding committed to it, and the CSIRO’s highly praised Data61 technology unit is losing 15 of its researchers. Data61 said the “impacted teams are confined to the Communications systems group within the Cyber Physical Systems program, which is comprised of small teams in the electromagnetics, microwave systems, communications and project management capabilities.” Sounds like just the people you need for a space program. High hopes for Cyber CRC “This investment will contribute to Australia’s reputation as a secure and trusted place to do business, enabling industry to attract and increase investment, trade and commerce and delivering broad economic benefit,” Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, said. “This will give the Australian community confidence they are safe and secure as they conduct their business online. “The Cyber Security CRC will deliver solutions to increase the security of critical infrastructure and that benefit businesses and their customers. “These include frameworks, products and approaches that will service existing and future ICT enterprises across a broad range of platforms and operating systems,” Mr Laundy said. He said the government’s Cyber Security Strategy addresses “how we can protect ourselves and be more resilient to malicious cyber activity and highlights the importance of a targeted and coordinated approach to research and development within the cyber security ecosystem. “The activities of the Cyber Security CRC will contribute to these objectives while improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.” [post_title] => Cyber CRC $50m, space $0, Data61 -15 [post_excerpt] => The cyber security industry gets its wish for funding, whilst others face cutbacks. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => cyber-crc-50m-space-0-csiro-data61-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-06 10:32:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-05 23:32:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://governmentnews.com.au/?p=28117 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27656 [post_author] => 670 [post_date] => 2017-07-20 17:21:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-20 07:21:54 [post_content] => The Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience (FOC) Shipping has found serious risks. The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report chronicles gaping holes in Australia’s national security framework, with the report being published just one day after a government announcement to create the new Ministry of Home Affairs. FOC shipping refers to international trading vessels that are registered in tax havens such as Liberia, Panama and the Marshall Islands. These registries are renowned for their lax labour laws, poor investment controls and lack of ownership oversight. The Australian Border Force Submission states: “The Department notes that whilst a significant proportion of legitimate sea trade is conducted by ships with FOC registration, there are features of FOC registration, regulation and practice that organised crime syndicates or terrorist groups may seek to exploit. These features are:
- A lack of transparency of the identity of shipowners and consequent impediment to holding the owner to account for a ship’s actions.
- Insufficient flag state regulatory enforcement and adherence to standards.
- The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) implement an inspection program for ships with foreign seafarers to verify paid wages meet Australian legal requirements.
- The Federal Government fund the FWO wages inspection program.
- The Federal Government implement clear procedures on how to respond to deaths that occur on ships travelling in or to Australian waters.
- The Federal Government consider legislative amendments to provide clarity on jurisdictional responsibility for investigating deaths on ships travelling in Australian waters.
- The re-establishment of an advisory body made up of key maritime industry stakeholders to advise government on new Australian shipping policies and workforce development and training opportunities.
- The Federal Government review the Australian maritime industry with a view to grow and support it.
- The Federal Government review the potential economic, security and environmental risks presented by FOC vessels and foreign crew.
- Comprehensive Terms of Reference for the National Workplace Relations Committee (NWRC), which includes representation rights for members and workplace delegates, and dispute escalation and settlement protocols;
- The application of enforceable policy and process in areas of the agreement that cover situations where members’ jobs may be at risk, such as performance management and excess declaration; and
- A proper performance management process written into the agreement.
- Public Service Minister Michaelia Cash should sit down with union representatives and agencies to reach “a reasonable conclusion” to the extended bargaining dispute
- Savings accumulated from a three-year wage freeze should be used to compensate workers with higher pay offers
- Staff affected by machinery of government changes, e.g. Department of Immigration and Border Protection, should not have their pay or working conditions diluted
- Ending the prohibition on back pay or finding another way to compensate staff for the protracted dispute
- Retaining access to family friendly conditions, including hours of work protections to support workers with caring responsibilities
- Supporting domestic violence leave
- The Australian Public Service Commission and the CPSU to establish a framework to deal with future enterprise bargaining well before agreements expire
- Retaining rights to consultation and dispute resolution
- Ask for a military service-related question in the next Census
- Developing standardised military service history indicators to use in data collections for suicide and homelessness
- To meet with state-based and national ex-service organisations to discuss better coordinating efforts addressing homelessness and other services
- NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia currently collect data on veteran incarceration; other states and territories will investigate following suit
- NSW and Victoria to share information on their veterans’ homelessness programs
- State and territory governments to provide information on their services as part of every ADF transition session for those leaving the military
- Commonwealth to advise states and territories when ADF personnel are medically-discharged to help plan support services
- Commonwealth to ensure all medically-discharged veterans have a Medicare card when they leave the ADF
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