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Global fitness clothing brand Ryderwear will open its first gym and bricks-and-mortar store in its hometown of Adelaide, South Australia next month as it looks for ways to expand its empire.

The gym and retail store are set to open in the Adelaide suburb of Flinders Park on February 6 while the Ryderwear headquarters and warehouse will remain in nearby Beverley.

Previously, Ryderwear products have been sold through distributors and online.

Ryderwear chief marketing officer Mal Chia said the new studio, which was a year in the works and was still being built, was a natural progression for the business that had gained a cult following for its fitness clothing, particularly in the United States. …

InDaily Business Editor Andrew Spence spends 10 minutes with Michael Macolino, the Associate Director for AgTech at BDO, to discuss the trends surrounding AgTech in South Australia.

Macolino, an alumnus of InDaily’s 40 Under 40, says that South Australia is perfectly positioned to develop the AgTech sector, with its already established agricultural sector being complemented by a growing space industry that includes Internet of Things connectivity with nanosatellites and on-ground sensors.

The state’s broad range of agricultural output and zones — from dryland cropping to citrus growing — offers AgTech companies to test their solutions across various crops and climates without having to travel far. …

A collection of South Australian space, remote operation and mining companies are part of a national mission announced today to send nanosatellites and exploration sensors to the Moon in 2023 in a bid to find water and other resources.

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Fleet Space Technologies is deploying nanosatellites to help develop the global Internet of Things and now a Moon mission. Image: supplied.

An initiative of South Australian nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies, the Australian lunar exploration mission will search for “abundant, accessible water and resources” using adapted mining and space technologies.

Named Seven Sisters, the mission aims to cement Australia as a leader in space exploration within the next decade and support NASA’s Artemis Program.

Artemis will try and send the first woman and another man to the Moon by 2024. …

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed its Hayabusa2 sample-return capsule that landed in South Australia contains particles from primordial asteroid Ryugu.

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ayabusa2 sample-return capsule after landing in the Woomera Prohibited Area at the begining of December 2020. Photo: JAXA

“We have confirmed that the capsule contains a considerable amount of sand collected from Ryugu,” Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda announced at a press conference yesterday in Japan.

JAXA posted images of the first of two sample collections performed during its mission to the official Hayabusa2 Twitter account. Although the sample appears to be brown, JAXA said the sand looks black in person.

Space science research startup ResearchSat will launch its first commercial experiments into suborbital space next year.

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Based in Adelaide, South Australia, ResearchSat conducts microgravity research for the life sciences industry with its custom-designed payloads for CubeSats.

Founder and CEO RaviTeja Duggineni said the upcoming mission will host experiments on behalf of ResearchSat, the University of Adelaide and Tessera Therapeutics, and is the result of approximately two years of development.

Each payload is the size of a Big Mac and is fitted out with petri dish-like microfluidic chips, and technology to monitor and control temperature variations, radiation and microgravity.

Duggineni said the small and relatively inexpensive payloads enable experiments with microorganisms to be conducted in space to develop applications that will aid humanity and human space exploration. …

Australian startup Svelte Ventures has created an app called Frank that uses AI to scan smartphones to monitor mental health.

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Svelte Ventures co-founders Dave Chetcuti, Danny Connery and Joey Cassar. Briony Schadegg not pictured.

The new ‘mood technology’ is currently undergoing trials in Adelaide, South Australia and is set to launch in mid-2021.

The AI technology behind Frank measures the user’s cognitive health by language recognition, similar to how a Fitbit measures physical health.

Svelte Ventures Co-Founder Dave Chetcuti said it does this by supplying a keyboard for your smartphone much like Grammarly or GBoard does for word processing.

“When people are typing, whether that be messages or emails, on whatever application they are using on their phone, the language input is analysed and then compared against our models,” Chetcuti said. …

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has established an organisation to represent space startup companies in Australia.

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A rocket launch from Woomera, South Australia in 2017. Photo: Australian Defence

Called the Aurora Space Startup Cluster, the new company is based at the Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood in Adelaide, South Australia that is also home to the Australian Space Agency.

SmartSat CEO Prof Andy Koronios said Aurora already has more than 65 member companies from all sectors of the space supply chain but is looking for more.

He said they had startups offering rocket launch services, in-space computing, precision sensors, satellite digital twin technology, in-orbit and deep space operations, right through to ground station antennae development and Earth data applications for agriculture, resources and sustainability management. …

Fresh from starring as a COVID-safe season saviour for the AFL, as well as an NRL and Super Netball hub, the Gold Coast has emerged as a magnet for summer sports aiming to grow their base and upsize their slice of the sports market.

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Photo: Brisbane Bandits

Summer sports from baseball to basketball to Big Bash cricket are looking to capitalise on the potentially lucrative double-header of the rush of sports-loving interstate migrants to the sunshine state and Queensland’s star turn as the hub that saved the season for major winter sporting codes.

With all events under Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Event plans, the Gold Coast is hosting big-ticket contests across the sporting spectrum. …

As the Queensland event calendar springs back to life in 2021, there seems to be no shortage of entertainment in store for the Sunshine State.

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Music fans can rejoice as one of the largest free music events in Australia announces its return — Blues on Broadbeach.

The 2021 event will bring with it a diverse array of local Aussie talent, a range of rising stars and an atmosphere not to be missed.

The Gold Coast’s much-loved Blues event last rocked the streets of Broadbeach in May of 2019, and in 2021 is slated to light up the streets of Australia’s favourite playground for four days of musical celebration from May 20–23, 2021. …


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