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Australia’s prominent RMIT University will launch a new Space Industry Hub. The Hub’s aim is to boost local researchers and organisations into increased global space technology opportunities.

Space Industry Hub will launch expertise into global markets

The Victorian Government has supplied a $1 million support package for the Hub.  SmartSat CRC, a space research centre will also donate a further $1 million, to show their support. Tech giant, Amazon Web Services, is set to give significant technical and training contributions, as well as FrontierSI, a Research Centre for Spatial Information.

Space industry markets are booming in Australia and more broadly in the US and Europe. The funding for the Space Industry Hub will develop multiple flagship research projects to connect local potential in the space sector.

The Hub will also host the Victorian Node of the SmartSat CRC; a national group of industry and research organisations that are establishing cutting edge space technologies.

A breakthrough for Australia’s space innovation

Professor Aleksandar Subic is RMIT’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for STEM (sciences, engineering, computing technologies and health and medical sciences) and Vice President of Digital Innovation. Professor Subic says the Hub is a place for industry collaboration and innovation.

“The RMIT Space Industry Hub will be a launch pad and an industrial solutions incubator to support collaboration and innovation for Victoria’s space industry growth,” 

“At the core of this growth are digital technologies and leveraging the state’s strong capabilities in advanced manufacturing.”

Professor Aleksandar Subic, RMIT University

Professor Aleksandar Subic, RMIT University

Real-time satellite data for industry collaborators

The Hub will give access to real-time satellite data for industry collaborators, through AWS Ground Station. The AWS Ground Station is a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, process data, and scale your operations.

Satellites are used for a variety reasons, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts. Ground stations form the core of global satellite networks.

AWS Country Director in Australia and New Zealand, Iain Rouse, says this will provide new market opportunities for Australian businesses.

“When space is made accessible and cost-effective, there is no limit to what can be accomplished. AWS is excited to help the Space Industry Hub accelerate their research, innovation, and capability development in space,”

Iain Rouse, AWS

Australia is becoming a more prominent leader within the space economy. CEO of SmartSat CRC, Andy Koronios says this will move Australia up the ranks in the space technology sector.

“We are delighted that the Victorian Government has made this investment, which with SmartSat co-investment will help spark innovation and develop technologies to leverage the huge opportunities the space economy offers.” 

SmartSat CRC nodes around Australia will provide opportunities for joint projects to leverage national and international space collaborative initiatives such as NASA’s Moon to Mars Exploration Program, UK Space Bridge, state government space industry investments and CRC-P grants.”

Andy Koronios, SmartSat CRC

 

This Hub will provide Victoria’s world-leading research and solution providers, with the opportunities of the broader global space industry. The Hub will utilise RMIT’s existing facilities, services and research centres and its innovation networks through RMIT Europe.

RMIT has a strong reputation in data science, space engineering and geospatial science.

See RMIT University for further information on the new and exciting Hub.

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China reveals the world’s fastest ground vehicle in the world, travelling speeds of 600kph

Travelling innovation is speeding up and China is at the forefront with the Maglev bullet train making its debut in Chinas, Qingdao.

The Maglev Bullet train

The Maglev bullet can reach a maximum speed of 600 kph. In comparison, a plane flies at around 800 kph. The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation developed the world’s fastest train.

Maglev represents “magnetic levitation”, referring to its floating appearance above the tracks. The Maglev simply glides above the tracks using its electromagnetic forces.

Speed isn’t the train’s only stand-out feature, it also emits low levels of noise, pollution and requires less upkeep.

A win for China

High-speed rail is at the top of China’s priority list. The aim of the train is to create transport between major areas within hours.

The aim is to connect cities with reduced travel times and expenses. China is the world’s most populous country and this will fill a significant demand in the travel sector.

China has one Maglev line in commercial use. It connects Shanghai’s Pudong Airport with the city, in about seven minutes.

However, before these trains can be rolled out for widespread use and travel, more Maglev tracks will need to be installed.

China’s newest train is expected to be ready for widespread commercial use within the next decade. 

Others on the market

Advances in train technology have taken off in recent years. Japan has a bullet train that can reach speeds of 400kph.

In the United States, a train track near Orlando International Airport is underway for a train that will reach speeds of up to 200 kph.

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The Greek Freak triumphs all | ticker VIEWS

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In a world of NBA Super teams, one man won against all odds.

Ever since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in 2010, N.B.A. super teams have become the new norm. A super team refers to the best players in the league teaming up to secure a championship.

All that changed in recent days with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the championship. Giannis Antetokounmpo put together one of the greatest performances in NBA finals history, to secure a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Antetokounmpo also ranks as the first NBA Finals MVP to have also won the league’s Most Improved Player Award.

Giannis score 50 points and 14 rebounds in game 6.

He called out other players for winning the “easy way” in recent times.

“It’s easy to go somewhere and win a championship with somebody else … this is the hard way to do and we did it.”

ANTETOKOUNPMO SAID AFTER THE WIN.

James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving all left their respective teams to chase glory. Giannis stayed.

The comments may have not necessarily been a dig at his opponents, but it sure came off that way.

The two-time M.V.P. could’ve signed with a team that already had another superstar, in place to give himself the best chance to win a championship. 

Instead, he stuck around in a small market and prevailed to win the Finals M.V.P. and lead the Bucks to their first championship in 50 years.

Antetokounmpo was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA out of Greece, where he played at Filathlitikos.

Him and his brothers are of Nigerian decent, with a strong basketball background.

The Greek superstar was true to his word and now has the highest form of glory to show for it.

The NBA could be entering a new era, with the new Finals MVP and the centre of it.

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Europe is seeing disastrous floods, while parts of the United States are seeing record-breaking heatwaves

The severity of extreme floods and heatwavs is leading experts to blame climate change.

Catastrophic floods are ravaging parts of Europe, including Germany and Belgium. The areas have seen over two months’ worth of rain in two days.

The flood death toll now sits at 188 people with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing the floods as “terrifying”.

“Climate change means we’ll have more events, more powerful, more often. “

Scott hamilton

Record heatwaves in US & Northern Ireland

A record-breaking heatwave is gripping the western parts of California. It’s causing 70 devastating wildfires to ravage across California and Oregon.

The wildfires are caused by an unprecedented heatwave, that scientists say was driven by human-caused climate change.

“There is a clear human fingerprint on this particular extreme heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, and in general on extreme heatwaves everywhere in the modern era we’re living though.”

Daniel swain, ucla climate scientist

Northern Ireland has also recorded its highest temperatures of 31.2 degrees Celcius, in Ballywatticock, County Down.

For context, the previous highest temperature of 30.8 degrees Celcius was recorded in 1983.

“Just another sign we are facing dangerous climate change”

Scott Hamilton

In other news this week:

The EU Green Deal

The European Union Green Deal is deemed the ‘fit for 55’ package. Its aim is to enable the European Union to deliver its commitments to cut emissions by 55% by 2030.

Its aim is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world.

It will set the EU on a path to reach its climate targets by 2030 in a fair, cost-effective, and competitive way.

China introduces carbon trading

China is putting in a carbon trading scheme, in a bid to cut back on its emissions. It will cover approximately 2,200 power companies, with a step in the right direction.

The scheme will put pressure on Chinese emitters to use less coal and switch to cleaner energy sources. However, this will hurt Australian exports in the future and demand cleaner alternatives from Australia.

Australian Environment Minister duty of care

Environment Minister Sussan Ley will appeal a declaration by the Federal Court that she owes a duty of care to protect children from the effects of climate change.

The eight schoolchildren who are fighting the case to the federal court are concerned about the decision to appeal, with one saying the government was now fighting for the right to cause them harm.

Watch this weeks full episode of tickerCLIMATE here: https://tickernews.co/ticker-climate/

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