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  1. Measuring structural health with fibre optics - 30 November, 2009

    Optical fibre bundle

    Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) researchers are helping develop a system to measure the structural health of a vessel at sea, using a sophisticated network of fibre optic sensors.

  2. Combating biofouling to enhance fleet performance - 10 November, 2009

    RAN Armidale-Class vessel

    Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) researchers are preparing to measure the effects of biofouling on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessel fuel consumption.

  3. Teams shortlisted to do battle in robot challenge - 2 November, 2009

    Twelve international teams have been shortlisted for MAGIC

    Twelve teams from five countries have been shortlisted to compete in the first round of the MAGIC 2010 robot challenge, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, Greg Combet, announced today.

  4. DSTO helps deliver enhanced satellite capability - 13 October, 2009

    Greg Combet meets with Deputy Chief Defence Scientist Dr Warren Harch to discuss new military satellite communications capability at DSTO Edinburgh

    The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has helped deliver enhanced capability and extra capacity for Australia\'s satellite defence communications system, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, Greg Combet said today.

  5. X-Ray technology sheds new light on armour protection - 1 October, 2009

    The shooting gallery... Jeremy Anderson and his team examine the effects of explosions on armour in this Port Wakefield facility, in an attempt to improve safety on the front line.

    An armour mechanics team from DSTO has designed and built a unique facility that will greatly assist in designing safer armour for Australian troops.

  6. Minister Combet commends DSTO's contribution to Defence - 10 September, 2009

    Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel & Science Greg Combet outlines DSTOs contribution to Defence and national security.

  7. Physical Standards for Military Service to be Benchmarked - 21 August, 2009

    The Physical Employment Standards Centre of Expertise will accurately evaluate the physical requirements of service in military occupations.

    Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced the establishment of a Centre of Expertise to accurately evaluate the physical requirements of service in military occupations.

  8. Enhanced Virtual World for Test-Driving Aircraft - 21 August, 2009

    DSTO's upgraded Air Operations Simulation Centre

    Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today opened a $1.7 million upgrade of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) flight simulation research facility at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), which will provide crucial support for future military aircraft.

  9. Novel air cargo scanner wins DSTO Eureka prize - 18 August, 2009

    CSIRO Air Cargo Scanner Team; left to right: Brian Sowerby, James Tickner, Yi Liu and Nick Cutmore, winners of the DSTO Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security

    A novel, high-resolution air cargo scanner, developed by the CSIRO, has won the 2009 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

  10. Scientific analysis key to mystery over loss of HMAS SYDNEY II - 14 August, 2009

    DSTO's computer-generated simulation,

    Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today commended the Defence Science and Technology Organisation for its work in support of the Commission of Inquiry into the loss of HMAS Sydney II.

  11. International Award for DSTO Scientist - 24 July, 2009

    Dr Simon Barter

    DSTO scientist Dr Simon Barter has won the prestigious ICAF/Emerald Award for Outstanding Paper presented at the recent 25th Symposium of the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue, held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  12. Fitness-for-duty research earns best paper award - 22 July, 2009

    Dan Billing, presented with his award for Best Defence and Veteran Health Paper by MAJGEN Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Surgeon General Defence Health Reserves

    DSTO scientist, Dr Daniel Billing has been awarded Best Defence and Veteran Health Paper at the inaugural South Australian Defence and Veterans Health Research Paper Day for his research into physical employment standards for the Australian Army.

  13. Systems integration initiative launched - 22 July, 2009

    The DSI-TA team at the DSTO display featuring the systems integration learning tool kit ‘Microcosm’

    Rear Admiral Rowan Moffit, Head of the Future Submarine Project, officially launched the Defence Systems Integration–Technical Advisory (DSI-TA) at the recent D+I Conference.

  14. Technology: from the laboratory to the battleground - 15 July, 2009

    A counter-improvised explosive device robot uses technology to provide tactile feedback to a remote operator, enabling them to ‘feel’ suspicious objects and interact with them from a safe

    The Australian defence industry is innovative and robust and its researchers are amongst the most respected in the world.

  15. International Challenge To Develop Military Robots - 13 July, 2009

    MAGIC - challenging research organisations around the world to build fully autonomous ground robots.

    Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced a million dollar international competition challenging research organisations to build fully autonomous ground robots able to operate effectively in military operations.

  16. US Systems expert to speak at D&I Conference - 1 July, 2009

    Mr Gordon M Kranz

    A senior US defence expert on systems and software engineering, Mr Gordon M Kranz, will present a global view on military systems integration at the Defence and Industry Conference in Adelaide on Thursday, 2 July 2009.

  17. New Defence Technology Proposals - 26 June, 2009

    The Hon. Greg Combet AM, MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane,AM, CSM, RAN, observe Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver, Able Seaman Dave Wyatt, swim with the wrist mounted computer.

    Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced that new technology that promises to significantly reduce the risks for Navy divers is among seven technology proposals to be funded by Defence.

  18. Summer Vacation Scholarships Now Open - 22 June, 2009

    Successful applicants undertake a 12-week research project at a DSTO establishment.

    The 2009 Defence White Paper has confirmed the pivotal role DSTO has in continuing to underpin the Australian capability advantage with deep science and technology expertise.

  19. Senator John Faulkner is new Defence Minister - 10 June, 2009

    The Hon. John Faulkner

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that Senator John Faulkner will be the new Defence Minister.

  20. Former CDS Roger Lough recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours - 9 June, 2009

    Dr Roger Lough, Chief Defence Scientist, DSTO 2003 - 2008

    Dr Roger Malcolm Lough was awarded with the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Queens Birthday Honours List recently.

  21. Trialling hypersonic flight at Woomera - 22 May, 2009

    Test vehicle launch as part of hypersonics trial at Woomera, South Australia, 7 May 2009.

    Next-generation air vehicles with the potential to dramatically reduce inter-continental travel times are now one step closer to reality with the successful completion of preliminary hypersonic flight trials at the Woomera Test Range.

  22. Cyber Security Vital for Protecting Australia's Economy - 13 May, 2009

    Focus on security

    Cyber security is absolutely vital for protecting both the defence networks and the Australian economic systems, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said recently.

  23. A smarter Defence for a more complex world - 4 May, 2009

    Cyber security

    The Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, announced that the 2009 Defence White Paper outlines significant improvements in the ability for Defence to defeat future threats and adapt to new challenges.

  24. DSTO Laboratories for the Future - 4 May, 2009

    DSTO's Systems Simulation Centre

    DSTO to receive a rolling program of technology upgrades as a result of the Defence White Paper.

  25. Australian Defence Science Recognised Internationally - 31 March, 2009

    Dr Bruce Hinton

    The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, congratulated Defence corrosion expert Dr Bruce Hinton on winning the prestigious 2009 Frank Newman Speller Award, from the US-based professional organisation NACE International.

  26. Biodiversity and Conservation Student wins the first Defence Indigenous Science Scholarship - 18 March, 2009

    The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, The Hon. Warren Snowdon (right) presents the inaugural Defence Science Indigenous Scholarship to Mr Kurtis Lindsay from Macquarie University in Sydney

    Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, presented Macquarie University student, Kurtis Lindsay with the first Defence Science Indigenous Scholarship in Canberra recently.

  27. Keeping Defence Science Cutting Edge - 13 March, 2009

    Fresh perspectives and new ideas have been brought to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation with the first meeting of the DSTO Advisory Board in Canberra recently.

  28. $13 million to fast-track Defence innovation - 10 March, 2009

    Controlling a robot that lets you “feel” suspicious objects from a safe distance

    Four successfully demonstrated Defence technology projects are to have their development fast-tracked, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP announced today.

  29. Insect Vision: The guiding force for smarter weapons - 10 March, 2009

    The Cybird UAV with the BIOSEEKER technology highlighted

    Studying how insects see and navigate has resulted in a smart weapon seeker and guidance technology, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP announced recently.

  30. Inspiring future aviators at the Avalon Airshow 2009 - 10 March, 2009

    Lawrence Hargrave Award recipient Dr Alan Baker

    The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, spoke today at the opening ceremony for the Avalon Airshow 2009 at the Avalon Airport, Victoria.

  31. $85M Defence Materials Technology Center Opens - 19 February, 2009

    The DMTC opening

    The Australian Government today launched an $85 million Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) in Bendigo, Victoria, aimed at researching futuristic materials for the Defence industry.

  32. Testing new technologies to protect Australia's ports and harbours. - 2 February, 2009

    Sydney Harbour will be scene of simulated attack from boats, divers and underwater vehicles in the Kondari Trial.

  33. DSTO scientists appear before HMAS Sydney Commission of Inquiry - 12 January, 2009

    DSTO computer-generated graphic of the HMAS SYDNEY under fire

    DSTO scientists and technical experts from the Australian division of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) have given expert opinion and advice on the probable circumstances which contributed to the loss of HMAS SYDNEY in November 1941, and the consequent loss of life.