Ongoing Projects

Coastline monitoring using autonomous high-altitude platforms (HAPs)

Coastline monitoring using autonomous high-altitude platforms (HAPs) Project Summary Maritime border control is a high-priority concern for the Australian Defence Force. Currently, Australia's 50,000km coastline is monitored by aircraft through short-term missions to survey pre-selected areas of interest. These airborne missions are expensive and do not deliver a high temporal nor spectral resolution. To address these challenges, Lux Aerobot will develop a solution consisting of a constellation system of self-organising, low-cost, high altitude balloons to provide near real-time ship detection. Project Value $451,758 DIP Contribution $150,000 Status Project [...]

2020-12-08T08:09:26+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Freeform optics for small satellites

Freeform optics for small satellites Project Summary Small satellite platforms will play a major role in supporting Defence needs due to their lower cost, compressed launch schedule and lower perceived risk as compared to traditional high cost multi-redundant satellite platforms. This project will contribute to expanding intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities by developing bespoke optical components for deployable space telescopes. The team will prototype and validate durable coatings for freeform optical components using substrates made from polymer and metal additive manufacturing. By the end of the project, the team will have developed a proof [...]

2020-11-23T15:18:01+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Battlespace visualisation: Enabling superior decision making

Battlespace visualisation: Enabling superior decision making Project Summary Voxon Photonics' true volumetric 3D display has a graphics engine fast enough to deliver voxels (points of light), to allow the observers to see an object or a scene in volumetric 3D space without having to wear headsets or special glasses. This project will develop a prototype of a 3D volumetric display which can be incorporated into the Command and Control systems of defence platforms such as the Hunter Class Frigates. The prototype will have the ability to project light from below a rotating display substrate, and [...]

2021-01-21T09:22:12+10:30November 19th, 2020|

InFoDust: The intelligence and forensic potential of dust traces for counter-terrorism and national security.

InFoDust: The intelligence and forensic potential of dust traces for counter-terrorism and national security. Project Summary Terrorism poses an ongoing credible threat to Australia. The ability to determine where a person or object has been can be critical for determining the security risk posed, and for the potential evidential value of seized items. This project will advance the development of a forensic intelligence tool that targets dust particles on personal items and goods, establishing a new counter-intelligence capability that will support Australian defence and national security. Project Value $261,572 DIP [...]

2020-11-23T15:04:29+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Nanofluid Satellite Thrusters

Nanofluid Satellite Thrusters Project Summary Defence capability requires secure satellites for communication, surveillance, and positioning; however space is becoming crowded and hostile, demanding satellite systems that can respond to adverse events. Most satellites cannot autonomously avoid space junk or hostile objects due to a lack of onboard propulsion. Nanofluidic thrusters offer a solution, based on nanoscale actuation of ionic liquids in chip-based (non-invasive) thrusters. This project aims to exploit the unusual nanoscale properties of fluids to embed nanothrusters in the satellite frame, adding self-defence agility without displacing payload. Project Value [...]

2020-11-23T15:08:01+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Solutions for light pollution from console displays on naval platforms

Solutions for light pollution from console displays on naval platforms Project Summary Operators on naval vessels are required to rapidly adapt to several different image displays in quick succession while carrying out their duties, at different times of the day and under different light levels. This project aims to improve human-machine interfaces on Australian naval vessels by developing a console solution to limit the negative impact on operators from light pollution. Project Value $367,652 DIP Contribution $131,738 Status Project Lead APC Technology Collaborating Partners [...]

2020-11-19T07:41:31+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Quantum-Enhanced Clock Synchronisation over a Free-Space Channel

Quantum-Enhanced Clock Synchronisation over a Free-Space Channel Project Summary The ability to accurately synchronise remote clocks through time transfer is critical for assured position, navigation and timing in contested environments. Bringing together expertise from across South Australia in experimental quantum optics (DSTG), quantum information theory (UofA), novel quantum sources (UniSA) and classical time transfer techniques (CryoClock), this project will transfer timing information through a free-space optical link at the pico-second level, around 1000 times better than what is available currently through the global positioning system. To achieve this, the team will augment a classical time [...]

2020-11-23T15:31:10+10:30November 19th, 2020|

Australian Research & Experimental Submarine (ARES) – design and simulation for submarines in an industry 4.0 environment

Design an Australian Research & Experimental Submarine – ARES (5-10m long) with the ability to reconfigure external shape and Fwd/aft control planes configurations (cross or X-rudder) to simulate existing or future shapes.

2020-07-06T14:11:00+09:30July 4th, 2020|

Engineering, design and lab based testing of whole of vehicle health usage monitoring system (vHUMS) for defence vehicles

A fully operating HUMS system will provide significant cost savings in terms of real time warning on potential failure, improve preparedness of vehicle platforms for operational needs, and reduced fleet management costs. It will also significantly increase operator safety. This project builds on a body of research work by the Partners that established the theoretical feasibility of thermo-mechanical measurement to determine energy dissipated in shock absorbers.

2020-07-06T14:11:14+09:30July 4th, 2020|

Narrative visualisation of simulations for force design

Narrative visualisation, which focuses on describing the stories behind the data, offers a potential approach to help an analyst rapidly understand the outcomes. A pilot developed jointly between UniSA and DST has demonstrated how this approach could be used to visualise storylines within simulations involving many actors.

2020-07-06T14:11:37+09:30July 3rd, 2020|