• The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research device simultaneously hits heat and stability for 30 seconds
  • Strategic Element’s robotics business secures perimeter security deal with Honeywell
  • DXN is still selling its EDGE module manufacturing business, but is keeping the data centres


A nuclear fusion reactor in Korea hit 30 seconds at temperatures in excess of 100 million°C late last week.

And while it’s not a record, the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device hit the simultaneous achievement of heat and stability, which brings us a step closer to a viable fusion reactor if it can be scaled up.


The plasma was stable for 30 seconds, which is kind of a big deal, because if it touches the walls of the reactor, it rapidly cools, the reaction falters and it causes damage to the chamber.

The KSTAR team used a modified internal transport barrier (ITB) technique which seems to boost temperatures at the core of the plasma and lower them at the edge.

It’s a technique which could extend the lifespan of reactor components, and apparently the reaction was stopped after 30 seconds purely because of limitations with hardware.

KSTAR has now shut down for upgrades, with carbon components on the wall of the reactor being replaced with tungsten, which is expected to improve the reproducibility of experiments.



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The company’s robotics division Stealth Technologies has nabbed a deal with software-industrial company Honeywell to progress commercialisation of Autonomous Security Vehicles (ASVs) for perimeter security in correctional facilities.

The ASVs will autonomously test critical Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) and conduct surveillance via a Pilot Deployment Program which SOR says will further validate perimeter security use cases, model the return on investment with real-world customer feedback, explore the most effective ways of introducing robotics and autonomous vehicles – and direct customer feedback into engineering.

Pic: SOR.


The pre-fabricated modular data centre specialist has announced an update to the sale of its EDGE module manufacturing business to Flow2Edge Australia Pty Ltd. 

Due to the inability to satisfy the conditions precedent to the Sale Agreement, DXN and FLOW have entered into a term sheet to amend the terms of the Announced Transaction. DXN will now only sell the business and assets that relate to the company’s EDGE module manufacturing business, and is retaining the data centre businesses. 

The consideration payable to DXN is A$20 million, with the proceeds planned to repay DXN’s debts, provide working capital for its data centre businesses and make a distribution to its shareholders. 

The company expects to put the Revised Transaction to shareholders at its Annual General Meeting in late November 2022. 


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