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Australian collaboration to deliver world-leading gyroscope technology

By Eric Van Rees - 15th July 2020 - 07:53

Australian researchers and industry partners will collaborate to design and manufacture the world’s most precise, compact and cost-effective gyroscope, in a new $AUD8.7 million project.

Ultra high-performance gyroscopes can be used to improve the navigation and safety of autonomous cars, correct the course of satellites travelling at 11,000 km/h and enhance the precision of drones used for remote inspection of infrastructure.

While accurate positioning is a critical function in industries such as transport, infrastructure and space, current technical solutions are expensive, large or energy-hungry.

The new project led by navigation system manufacturer Advanced Navigation, with research partners RMIT University, The Australian National University (ANU) and commercial partner Corridor Insights, will cut the cost of ultra high-performance gyroscopes by 85%.

The project has been supported through an $AUD2.8 million Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) grant to Advanced Navigation, announced by Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews.

The CRC-P grant is enabling an $AUD8.7 million total project investment (cash and in-kind) into delivering technology that shrinks both cost and size to enable new commercial applications that have previously never been possible.

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