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Sky & Space signs 5 year deal in Ghana for sat-coms

Sky and Space Global will supply telco coverage and connectivity to Ghanaian telecoms service provider, Universal Cyberlinks as part of a five-year deal. The ASX-listed company opened slightly higher on the ASX as the market appeared to embrace an agreement that appears to underpin the company’s claims that it is capable of providing more economical and efficient communications to remote areas of the planet.

New Spectur security system to terrify intruders in the dark

Listed security surveillance company Spectur is set to frighten the hell out of intruders in the dark with its new “Thermal Camera Detection System” that can see an intruder up to 1km away in complete darkness. Once activated, Spectur’s associated security system will flood the area with a massive floodlight, followed by a sci-fi style bull horn kicking into gear with a high decibel warning to the hapless trespasser.

Connected IO strikes its biggest ever “internet of things” sale

ASX-listed Connected IO is on the brink of tying up and toasting its largest contract to date after a leading US-based cyber security firm completed prototype trials and delivered a flying pass mark for its wireless “internet of things” routers. The company said it will now enter a three-year-deal to supply the cloud-based, online card data security business with $6.9million worth of its high-tech products.

Classic drill tests high-grade gold theory at Southern Cross

Classic Minerals has begun a drill program at the Lady Magdelene deposit in the Marvel Loch area with high hopes of finding a repeat of the high-grade gold that transformed the economics of the neighbouring Lady Ada deposit. The new program is the third phase of drill activity by Classic at its Forrestania gold project, which has already delivered multiple high-grade hits and sent the company’s share price soaring.

London investment house values Neometals at 4 times current price

An offshore investment and research house has looked at ASX-listed Neometals with a fresh set of eyes and come up with huge valuation of $1.43 a share. The London firm says Neometals is wrongly perceived as just a holding company with a minority share in a lithium mine and believes a corporate split into separate mining and technology companies could trigger a re-rating of its stock.

Sky and Space sat-coms gets worldwide connectivity

Sky and Space Global’s successful testing of its Chatellite app has opened up a world of telecommunications options, including voice calls or text messages to any landline or mobile number on the planet. The company’s telco network has significantly expanded and will now be able to cover the four corners of the globe once its full-array of up to 200 nanosatellites have been launched into space orbit.

Spectur continues strong sales momentum in January

ASX-listed security surveillance company Spectur has posted strong sales of its cutting-edge solar powered camera systems in January after delivering record revenues in the December quarter, bolstered by a successful expansion into NSW, Queensland and Victoria. The Perth-based company expects further growth this year assisted by key appointments aimed at accelerating the development and rollout of its new surveillance technologies.

Volt ups the ante with mining application in Tanzania

ASX-listed Volt Resources is on the threshold of a development decision at its impressive Bunyu Graphite Project in Tanzania following a mining licence application this week, the last key approval needed for the US$173m project. The company is targeting an investment decision in the next quarter, clearing the way for the commencement of Stage 1 at the lucrative looking project.

Blackham smashes it at Wiluna gold project

Blackham Resources’ shares have soared after the company delivered on a promised turnaround at the Matilda-Wiluna gold project in January, with record monthly gold production and record low costs taking it well into the black. The company is on track to reach its target of 80,000-90,000oz in calendar 2018 and is now in danger of spitting out nearly $40m in free cash in a year..

DroneShield launches miniature mobile drone-detection device

DroneShield has launched a miniature new drone-detection device known as RadarZero, which weighs only 1.25kg and is the size of a paperback book offering all the associated benefits of pint-sized mobility. The new device can detect unwanted UAV intrusions up to 750m away and works as a standalone product or in collaboration with other DroneShield products to safeguard critical infrastructure such as airports, prisons and resorts and for military missions.

High grade theory playing out at Forrestania for Classic

High-grade gold intercepts by Classic Minerals at the Forrestania Gold project going over 2 ounces to the tonne, have confirmed high-grade extensions of two orezones and added to evidence of a large-scale gold system. The impressive results back up a new geological interpretation of the region by recently appointed CEO, Dean Goodwin, and pave the way for a resource upgrade.

Halliburton inks deal to drill dozens of Strike wells

US oilfield services giant Halliburton has been piqued by Strike Energy’s ambitious Southern Cooper Basin project and has penned a MOU with the Adelaide explorer to potentially drill dozens of wells in the area. The deal has emerged less than a week before the ground-breaking Jaws-1 appraisal well kicks off. It will be one of the deepest pure coal seam wells ever drilled, at 2000m.

Plymouth to offload potash play to focus on lithium.

Plymouth Minerals is pulling out all stops at its San Jose lithium-tin project in Spain, appointing a senior executive to negotiate off-take deals and changing its name to reflect its aspirations for a big future based on lithium. Ryan Parkin has been appointed General Manager Corporate Development, bringing in additional skills to take San Jose from an advanced exploration project to a major supplier of lithium to the European market.

Bellevue rides again as Draig hits gold in the Goldfields

Draig Resources’ punt on a high-grade parallel lode to the famed and now closed Bellevue mine in the Wiluna belt continues to pay off, with a new series of high-grade gold hits at the Tribune Lode. Latest drill results have extended the depth of Bellevue-style quartz sulphide gold and confirmed the continuity, prompting acceleration in drilling activity.

Connected IO breaks into cyber security market

ASX-listed Connected IO has secured a letter of intent from a US-based cyber security company to provide it with customised routers ahead of a proposed deal worth $6.9 million over a three-year period. The deal, which is expected to be finalised in the next week, will see Connected IO supply the US company with its cutting-edge Category 1 internet of things wireless routers .

Calima moves closer to drill campaign with road-build permit

Calima Energy has received an all-important permit from British Columbia authorities to build the road it hopes will lead to riches by unlocking liquids-rich hydrocarbons at its Canadian Montney Formation play. The company is shifting from acquisition phase to operational mode and will construct the road to give drill rigs and personnel access into one of the most lucrative plays in North America.

Geopacific turns out more solid numbers at PNG gold play

Geopacific is toasting the gift that keeps on giving at its Woodlark gold project in Papua New Guinea, which has delivered more high-grade intercepts in assay results from a 22-hole drilling campaign at the Boscalo area. The Perth company is on track to develop a world-class gold mining operation at Woodlark as it targets a revised ore reserve estimate of one million ounces plus by next month.

It's back to the future for Classic

A young geologist who made several gold discoveries in the Forrestania gold belt 20 years ago has returned to the region at the helm of Classic Minerals to complete some unfinished business. Exciting geological models that went untested years ago because of a 2001 corporate collapse are finally being put to the test and already yielding spectacular results.

Greenland Minerals sitting on rare earths sleeping giant

Greenland Minerals and Energy is manoeuvring itself to be one of the world’s largest suppliers of rare earth minerals outside of China. The company is looking to ride the clean energy wave with its elephant sized rare earths play in Greenland and it has already managed to lasso a major Chinese rare earths investor with a balance sheet worth around $4.5b.

Sky & Space commences South American miniature satellite test

Sky and Space Global has hit another milestone in its foray into the South American telecommunications market, with the ASX-listed company commencing testing of its nano-satellite based narrow-band communications network with major regional telco Globalsat Group. After testing, the two companies plan to negotiate a deal that will see Sky and Space provide telco services to Globalsat’s pan-South American customer base.

Major Chinese player joins Aspire coal/rail project

Aspire Mining has welded together a powerful consortium of Chinese players to deliver on its giant coal project in Mongolia. The ASX-listed junior said last week it has now expanded its consortium to include massive Chinese Government contracting firm The Gezhouba Group. The building of the proposed 549km rail will open up a world of opportunities for Aspire to commercialise its globally significant Ovoot coking coal project.

DroneShield wins Paraguay Government tender

ASX-listed DroneShield has taken another major step with its cutting-edge anti-drone military hardware, winning a Paraguay Government tender for its drone defence products. The tender is a landmark deal for DroneShield, representing its first South American order and comes amid a ramp up in demand for drone-related security products in that country.

Rods ready to turn at Reedy’s lithium brine project

Reedy Lagoon Corporation’s innovative lithium brines play in Nevada is about to be put to the test, with the company spudding a big, 1000-metre deep well at its Columbus Salt Marsh project. The well is the first of its kind to be drilled under new regulations in Nevada and will take about 30 days to reach its target depth before testing begins in earnest.

Altech locks in “guaranteed” US$170m debt for HPA project

Altech Chemicals has finalised a US$170m debt package guaranteed by the German Government on very favourable terms to cover more than half the cost of their high purity alumina project, based on the Meckering kaolin deposit in W.A. The “extremely attractive” loan is part of a $US190 million debt package subsidised by Germany because the project will use German technology and engineering.

Lithium Australia commits to SiLeach large-scale pilot plant

Lithium Australia is set to become a producer of battery grade lithium chemicals and, in the process, establish its breakthrough SiLeach technology as the way of the future for the downstream lithium industry around the globe. The company has committed to build a large-scale pilot plant producing 2,500 tonnes of lithium carbonate per annum, with a view to ramping up to 10 times that production.

Galena goes 12 for 12 in maiden drill program

Galena Mining is racing towards a prefeasibility study on a high-grade-underground development of the giant Abra lead-silver deposit after completing a maiden drill program with high-grade hits encountered in every hole. Final assays released today completed a perfect run for Galena and have cleared the way for a maiden estimate of a high-grade resource within weeks.

DroneShield launches new electronic drone gun

Aerial drone detection and disabling company DroneShield, has released a new drone-combating product known as DroneGun Tactical. The new product has been launched as a complimentary weapon to DroneShield’s DroneGun MKII, both of which are able to force a drone to land or return to base. DroneGun Tactical has a few new features adding versatility to DroneShield’s security arsenal.

CV Check posts solid quarter of resume verification services

ASX-listed Online screening and verification company CVCheck reported an 11 per cent surge in cash receipts to $2.8 million last quarter on the back of burgeoning demand from corporate clients. Corporate customers now account for almost 60 per cent of total revenue as more and more large companies seek to weed out dodgy job seekers from their interview lists.

Blackham on track for profitability at Wiluna

After a difficult 2017, Blackham Resources has turned around mining activity at its 100%-owned Wiluna gold project. A strong lift in ounces mined in January continued the positive trend begun late last year and the company expects strong operational cash flows through 2018. Blackham also enters the new year with a strong balance sheet thanks to a fully underwritten capital raising of $36 million that will see it convert resources to reserves.

Revised gas off-take deal gives Strike comfort

A revised gas off-take agreement to supply packaging firm Orora has been pushed out to 2020, giving junior explorer Strike Energy the manoeuvrability to fully-focus on its streamlined development strategy in the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project. The company has welcomed the new deadline for the deal as it prepares to spud its ground breaking Jaws-1 appraisal well, which is potential a game-changer for the oil and gas industry generally.

Calidus hits 6m at 21 g/t gold in Pilbara

Calidus Resources has continued last year’s remarkable run with the drill bit with a new series of high-grade gold hits from two prospects within 15kms of its flagship Klondyke deposit in the East Pilbara. The latest results follow a 74% jump in the company’s resource base to more than 700,000 ounces last year and show Calidus is mastering the geology of a significant new gold region.



King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Tantalising gold recoveries for Novo in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist Novo Resources has generated rich concentrates from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project near Karratha, producing ore grades up to 792.4g/t gold. The company also separated coarse gold nuggets from gravelly ore horizons at its Egina project near Port Hedland using gravity techniques and it has suggested that the procedure could be ramped up to a larger scale in the future.

Novo has nearly 90% gold recoveries in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist, Novo Resources, has generated encouraging gold recoveries of up to nearly 90% from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project located near Karratha in WA. The trials produced ore grades up to 792.4g/t in sorted gold concentrates and additional work will now be undertaken at smaller crush sizes and on oxidised ore samples to optimise gold recoveries even further.

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Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.