UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM (UAS)

WHICH UAS? CONSIDERATIONS IN COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY UAS PROCUREMENT There are a number of forces that guide, govern and in some cases limit the application of the technology, especially in the commercial space. Adding to this, the classification of UAVs is confusing as there is no universal way to describe the differences between military and…

Tellumat contributes to receivers for SKA radio telescope project

The exciting Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project – a massively distributed radio telescope being built in South Africa and Australia over five years – has thrust Tellumat’s radio frequency (RF) skills into the public eye once more. Market need Of near-unprecedented scale in the history of scientific and engineering endeavour, SKA will consist of 2,000…

Bouncy Baleka – UCT’s kickstart solution to robotic propulsion

Meet Baleka – she can’t speak like her namesake in Parliament, but she sure can jump. Baleka – from the Xhosa word for “running” – is a biped (two-legged robot) designed by a team of UCT engineering students to solve the motion problem of acceleration. Dr Amir Patel, team leader and senior lecturer in Mechatronics,…

Safer, cheaper homes for more families in more places, faster than ever

The world’s first fully permitted 3D-printed home for low-income and underserviced communities was revealed in Austin, Texas, at the annual SXSW conference this year. The result of a partnership between Icon, a pioneering building technology provider, and New Story, a low-cost housing non-profit organisation, is a stylish tiny house measuring 60 square metres. It was…

What BRICS innovators have going for them

The latest Global Innovation Index 2018 shows typically mixed results for South Africa and other BRICS countries, both in overall innovation rankings and innovation efficiency (innovation outputs vs. inputs): Country/Economy         Rank     Efficiency Ratio            Rank China                                17         …