Australia could have its own locally-designed rover vehicle on the surface of the Moon by 2026 under a deal struck with NASA by the Australian government. The project semi-autonomous rover will collect lunar soil that contains oxides, with NASA looking to extract oxygen from the soil as part of plans to establish a sustainable human… Read more »
Yesterday at 9pm Australian Eastern standard time, the Ingenuity helicopter — which landed on Mars with the Perseverance rover in February — took off from the Martian surface. More importantly, it hovered for about 30 seconds, three metres above the surface and came right back down again. It may not sound like a huge feat,… Read more »
Only 566 people have ever travelled to space. Sixty-five of them, or about 11.5%, were women. NASA recently proclaimed it will put the “first woman and next man” on the Moon by 2024. Despite nearly 60 years of human spaceflight, women are still in the territory of “firsts”. Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in… Read more »
Happy Monday! Here’s what’s happening in tech. 1. Branson’s glide hustle Just a few weeks after finding the time to send a nice note to everyone at Virgin Australia as the business slid into administration owing creditors Au$7 billion-plus, the show has gone on for Richard Branson, with NSYE-listed Virgin Galactic Holdings announcing its… Read more »
South Australian nanosatellite company Myriota has added former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy to its board as a non-executive director.
Perth-based startup StopRotor is developing an aeroplane-helicopter hybrid capable of reaching higher speeds and longer flight times than a helicopter.
Gilmour Space Technologies raises $5 million Series A led by Blackbird Ventures to further rocket technology
Gilmour Space Technologies has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round to continue the development of their low-cost rocket technology.
NASA engineer Matthew Noyes will be taking Pause 2017 attendees through NASA’s work with VR during a keynote on Tech Day.
Just a month after teaming up with drone startup Flirtey, NASA has partnered with yet another Australian startup: the space agency will be using Freelancer to design a number of models of tools that will be used by a humanoid robot on the International Space Station.
Australian startup Flirtey and NASA team to execute the first FAA-approved drone deliveries in America
Today marks a significant milestone in not just the Australian startup’s journey, but the US drone industry as well, with Flirtey and NASA both anticipating the green light to conduct the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved deliveries by drones on US soil in Wise, Virginia as part of an event being labelled ‘Let’s Fly Wisely’.