The Avalon 2023 Innovation PitchFest was held on Wednesday 1 March during the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.
From a field of 20 entries, the winners are:
- Best Innovation - Dr Nigel Greenwood, TheMachineGenes Group for how their lightweight Artificial Intelligence platform is quick to train and can be used to determine engine performance characteristics on very little flight time.
- Best Aerospace Innovation - Mr Henry Bilinsky, MicroTau for its shark-skin style riblet sheeting for aircraft wings to reduce drag and enhance the ability for the aviation industry reduce its carbon footprint.
- Best Pitch - Ms Anne Bettens, Deneb Space for a satellite control system based on reaction motors that is miniaturised, more power efficient and incorporates sensors that allows it to be used for satellite navigation as well as satellite orientation.