ACRUX-1 cube-shaped nano-satellite planned to launch in June 2019
The Melbourne Space Program (MSP), a charity focussing on developing university students to become Australian space industry leaders, and Hydrix, a leading product design and engineering consulting company, have today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of space-related projects.
The MOU will better enable the MSP and Hydrix to jointly explore opportunities to collaborate in space industry related design and engineering, and provide mentoring of MSP student members including:
providing access to Hydrix laboratories and facilities for MSP projects
providing technical expertise and mentorship from Hydrix personnel to MSP
jointly seeking collaborative opportunities and initiatives to help grow the Victorian and Australian space industries
The primary goal of the MSP is to develop an Australian pipeline of job-ready graduates for the technology sectors by providing real-world experience and training through the implementation of space-related project challenges and opportunities to students. University students can join the MSP at the beginning of their degree and are exposed to solving technical and corporate challenges in a best practice environment. This collaborative work environment enables students to manage the end-to-end delivery of complex projects such as the Australian ACRUX-1, a compact, cube-shaped nano-satellite planned to launch in June 2019.
Andrew Wetherell, Managing Director of the Melbourne Space Program said, “this announcement is another significant step forward for MSP as we forge important industry partnerships. With their product design and innovation capabilities, particularly in Critical Systems, Hydrix will provide students with fantastic access to complex equipment, and design and engineering know-how, enabling them to grow their experience, and successfully deliver this first significant satellite project”.
Hydrix Engineer, Blake Fuller performs environmental testing on ACRUX-1
The MOU formalizes an existing informal collaboration between the MSP and Hydrix. As a product development company with proven design, engineering, test and manufacturing capabilities, Hydrix personnel are already collaborating and guiding MSP team members on key elements of the ACRUX-1 development, particularly around engineering design reviews and assessing thermal performance of the satellite.
Peter Lewis, the CEO of Hydrix said “We are incredibly proud to be involved in this exciting initiative. Our team is already committed to helping students develop through this space exploration program which is a great fit with our internal culture of innovation. We are looking forward to the successful deployment of this first modern Australian satellite project, and more broadly in helping to grow experience and capability of young engineers in Australian space exploration”.
The launch window launch for the ACRUX-1 is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 25th June. For more details on ACRUX-1 please click here.
Hydrix joins AusMedtech committee
We are pleased to announce that Richard Stephens, Hydrix Business Development Manager, has been invited to join the AusMedtech committee (Victorian Branch).
AusMedtech, part of AusBiotech, represents the medical devices and diagnostics sector in Australia, helping facilitate the commercial development of medical technologies while supporting those working within the industry.
Richard joins as a long-standing advocate and supporter of Australian MedTech. He brings more than 30 years of medical device innovation experience, having worked on numerous programs from large IVD instrument platforms to disruptive health and wellness products. A vocal supporter of Australian MedTech innovation and R&D capability, Richard is also highly regarded for his successes in being a conduit between Australian medical technologies and large multinational corporations in the US and EU.
“Joining the AusMedtech committee is great way for me to further contribute to the growth and development of the Australian MedTech community”, said Richard recently. “I’ve spent a significant amount of my career in the US and Europe working with large corporations on MedTech innovation. I believe this experience has given me great insights into the technology development market, latest trends, business strategies, opportunities and pitfalls. I believe this experience can help build service offerings from AusMedtech that will add tangible value to Australian MedTech companies.
A passionate innovator, Richard is keen to further explore ways to engage more closely with the Australian Medtech community, to better understand their needs and wants, and through these interactions help companies grow and succeed in the global medical device market.
For the past month, Movember has been a focus for several of the Hydrix team, and for the remainder of us who have supported and sponsored them on their journey. And while we’ve been exposed to the world of competitive moustache growing, we’ve also heard more sobering stories of (surviving) cancer, the value of starting conversations, and the power of sharing stories and experiences.
Conceived thirteen years ago, Movember is still a cause that remains relevant. For the Hydrix team, it has provided us with the impetus to initiate more discussions around men’s health, cancer, depression and suicide. Men remain notoriously poor when it comes to talking about their health concerns, and many die too young as a result. This month’s discussions have been powerful in awareness-raising, and neatly supportive of our corporate vision of enhancing one billion lives.
So, thank you to Julian, Mark & Mark, Ben and Dee, and Sean in our Adelaide office (not pictured), for raising funds, raising awareness, and their commitment to promoting a great and hairy cause.
Special thanks today to Raka, Aastha, Suneetha, Sumeet and Arjun for introducing us to Diwali, and celebrating with a selection of sweets and savories from all parts of India.
Growing our brand
Hydrix is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Morris to the role of Marketing Manager.
Alan brings a depth of understanding to the role with more than 25 years’ in new product development innovation, and most recently, 5 years of marketing leadership at Invetech. With a proven track record in driving engagement and growing brand awareness through new and innovative strategies, Alan will be instrumental in conceiving and executing marketing strategy, brand development and delivering increased engagement in our markets.
In announcing Alan’s appointment, Hydrix Managing Director Peter Lewis said “the appointment of Alan comes at a time when we are seeing great opportunity to grow the business. The ability to better communicate Hydrix’s values, experiences and capabilities are paramount to our growth and Alan will play a vital role in delivering these messages.”
Alan, who commenced in the role on August 20th added, “I’m genuinely thrilled to have joined the Hydrix organisation. We have an outstanding team working on some extraordinary, highly innovative projects for clients around the world. The chance to help drive the growth of Hydrix is truly energising”.
Alan holds degrees in both Industrial Design and Fine Arts from RMIT University.
Micro-X takes best in class
Winners are grinners!
Senior Mechanical Engineers, Eng Yeap and Kenneth Ng join the Micro-X team to accept the Best in Class award for the mobile X-ray machine at the 2018 product design at Good Design Awards in Sydney.
Hydrix at ICRA2018, Brisbane.
Andy Atkinson, Business Group Director for Consumer & Industrial, joins Eng Yeap and Earle Jamieson at the 2018 ICRA conference. Showcasing the latest in robotics and automation, the Hydrix team were there to look into what new and innovative technologies are available to support some of our upcoming programs in the Agri and Mining spaces..
Hydrix & Panorama
On Tuesday 5th of September it was announced that Panorama Synergy Limited (ASX: PSY) has entered into an agreement to fully acquire Hydrix through an asset purchase agreement. This is an exciting development for both companies with the Merged Group at the forefront of designing, developing and manufacturing advanced sensor systems and integrated Internet of Things (‘IoT’) communication networks.
Hydrix will continue to service its Australian and International clients – with no changes in the Hydrix team, the way in which we work with clients and operate projects. PSY is committed to supporting Hydrix grow its engineering services business. Engineering services are central to the PSY-Hydrix future strategy.