RMIT's capabilities include wireless communications, energy storage and power management, sonar, radar and RF systems, embedded sensors and smart skin structures.
Anti Turbulence Technology
Partners: US Air Force, Defence Science Institute (DSI)
RMIT and its partners have developed the world’s most stable fixed-wing RPA (Robotic Process Automation) aircraft through the aid of an anti-turbulence system.
The developed prototype achieved 50 per cent reduction of perturbations (bumpiness). More work is underway to identify ways to eliminate turbulence entirely. The system uses sensors that can anticipate turbulence before it causes a disturbance to the vehicle. The extra time allows the control system to respond swiftly and counteract oncoming gusts. This technology could be applied to manned and unmanned aircraft.
Silent renewable hydrogen power
RMIT is leading the development of a low signature, rechargeable, energy supply using a reversible hydrogen fuel cell. The cell is rechargeable from solar power. Its lower sound and heat signatures, lack of smell, flexibility of recharge sources, portability and zero greenhouse emissions makes it suitable for many defence applications.
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