The Avalon Innovation Awards recognise and reward innovation by Australian individuals and organisations at the forefront of defence innovation in products, services and business processes in the space, aerospace and aviation domain.
The Innovation Awards are presented by Avalon organiser, AMDA Foundation Limited, driven by its altruistic purpose to promote the development of Australia’s defence industry capability. The Avalon Innovation Awards go to aerospace, aviation and space innovators in three categories:
Since the launch of the Innovation Awards program in 2012, the AMDA Foundation has presented SME Innovation and Young Innovator Awards to a value of $585,000 via its suite of defence industry events: Avalon Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition and Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition.
In 2023, the AMDA Foundation Board moved to increase the cash prize awards from $15,000 to $50,000 to encourage local innovation at a critical time in Australia’s industrial and strategic development and to make a significant impact on a company’s operations or the professional development of a young innovator.
1MILLIKELVIN, in partnership with the Defence, Science and Technology Group (DSTG) has developed a next-generation stress imaging camera system that can image 'real' stress in real-time. The system has been refined in real-world aerospace testing programs.
The cameras work on the principle that a solid will heat up when compressed and cool down when stretched and to see stress requires a camera that can resolve temperature changes down to one thousandth of a degree Celsius or one millikelvin.
Callum Rohweder is acknowledged for his work at BAE Systems Australia Pty Limited which is providing integral support to the development of MQ-28A Ghost Bat program with a highly complex vehicle management solution. MQ-28A Project Manager, Isaiah Borgas, said that despite the technical challenges of such work, and the unexpected obstacles of a global pandemic, Callum's knowledge of the system and development of technologies throughout the flight test campaign have made important contributions to evolving the autonomous capability of the MQ-28A.