Watch: NASA Jupiter Robot aces tests in Antarctica

An intrepid NASA robot with the aim to search for signs of alien life in the solar system has excelled in its first road-test in Antarctica. In fact, it is said that a team of researchers and engineers spent three weeks at Australia’s Casey research station, testing the robot under the Antarctic sea-ice.

Watch: NASA space robot tested in Antarctica

Over the next few months, The Australian Antarctic Program will be collaborating with NASA in order to test an under-ice robot which may potentially be used in a space mission to look for signs of extra-terrestrial life. It is said that NASA engineers are already working on an underwater rover aspiring to tackle the challenges posed by ocean worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The robot in particular is called Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration or BRUIE.

New Bauxite Hills terminal’s design finalised

Rocktree Consulting, a division of Singapore-headquartered transhipment and logistics group Rocktree, conducted the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a new floating terminal that will be operated by Australia’s Metro Mining Limited.

Australian Navy to receive two new ship’s bridge simulators

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract to deliver two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators at the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia. The project is added to Kongsberg’s service delivery contracts with the RAN, which includes multiple shiphandling and engine room simulators delivered at training facilities across the country.

Australian partnership to bring drone training in maritime

AMC Search, the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College, and The Institute for Drone Technology have signed a MoU aiming to bring drone technology training into the maritime. Drones are gaining increasing interest in shipping for providing improvements in safety and efficiency.

Australian government inks technology deal with IBM

The Australian Government has awarded IBM a new AU$1B, five-year technology partnership, involving IBM hardware, software and cloud-based solutions, and including joint innovation programs in quantum, cyber security, and research aimed at furthering the government’s digital transformation agenda.

Australian partners unveil blockchain technology to ease shipping trade

PwC Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Port of Brisbane have collaborated to develop a ‘Trade Community System.’ The new system is intended to link supply chain information through blockchain technology to eliminate complexity in international trade.

Australia to use new drones for marine research

The Saildrones are solar and wind powered and can be at sea for up to a year at a time, assisting in science missions, such as stock assessments, uploading data from subsurface sensors or responding to marine emergencies.

Australia invests in technology to boost safety at Great Barrier Reef

The Palaszczuk Government announced a $36 million investment in ship tracking technology, aiming to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s ports. The Vessel Traffic Service operations would undergo systems upgrade to meet the modern demands of international shipping.

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