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This edition of Defence Week wraps up our coverage of Ex Pitch Black. Deputy Editor Nigel Pittaway leads with a story on the people behind the scenes - "whilst it’s very easy to focus on the aviators flying the aircraft, they are but a very small part of what is a very big machine."

In other news, I sit down with COL Gabby Follett of 17 CSSB, LTCOL Kierin Joyce of Army UAS, and David Mann of UAVAir to talk about the Phantom delivery, having attended their open day earlier this week.

Our STEM in Defence summit saw a range of speakers discuss STEM challenges, UNSW Canberra Space marks a successful nine months for the Buccaneer mission, a school from Melbourne wins Lockheed Martin's coding competition, the ISO publishes specifications for small satellites, and Melbourne-based SME Anywise becomes a certified B Corporation.

And of course, the current house announcements: Forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey will be sent out in early September, as will Expressions of Interest for the next round of the Essington Lewis awards. Register now for ADM's Defence Estate and Base Services Summit, to be held on September 19th in Canberra. More information is available here.

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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Latest News

[Department of Defence]
200 of the 4000 people involved in Pitch Black were aircrew members. The other 3800 were support staff. Defence

Exercise Pitch Black wraps up

The thunder of fighter jet afterburners over the Top End was silenced on August 16, with the conclusion of the last of around 1120 Pitch Black air combat missions. Read more
The Phantom is intended to be a stepping stone towards future UAS.
DJI via LinkedIn

Army targets drone literacy with Phantom delivery

Army accepted delivery this week of the DJI Phantom UAS, a training drone set to be rolled out throughout the entire organisation, including Reservists and Cadets. Read more
[Defence Estate]
Dr Sheridan Kearnan speaking at the STEM in Defence conference.
Ewen Levick

Innovation and equity the themes at STEM in Defence

ADM’s annual STEM in Defence conference took place in Canberra on Tuesday. Over 100 delegates from Defence and industry gathered to hear speakers discuss STEM challenges. Read more
The Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission cube satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

First Buccaneer satellite mission hailed as a success

A satellite jointly developed by UNSW Canberra Space and Defence Science and Technology (DST) has been operating on-orbit successfully for more than nine months. Read more
[Aerospace Australia Ltd]
Vince Di Pietro and Leslie Pontillas of Lockheed Martin with winners Michael Malik and Joseph Tey and coach Dr Kyi Muller of Melbourne’s Haileybury school. 
Lockheed Martin

Melbourne school wins Lockheed Martin code programming competition

A team from Melbourne’s Haileybury school has won the inaugural Lockheed Martin Code Quest Australia programming competition. Read more
As many as 2,600 small spacecraft are estimated to launch over the next five years.
PIR04D via Pixabay

ISO publishes small satellite guidelines

ISO has just published the first-ever international technical specification for small spacecraft. Read more
[Ocean Software]
A certified B Corporation uses the power of business to address societal challenges.

Anywise becomes a certified B Corporation

Melbourne-based SME Anywise has become a Certified B Corporation, a new kind of company that uses the power of business to address societal challenges. Read more
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ADM's Defence Week 506 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF, plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more
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ADM August 2018

In our August 2018 edition, ADM covers STEM in Defence. We talk with Group CEO of Electro Optic Systems Dr Ben Greene in From the Source. Read more

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