Technically Possible

Technically Possible

A six-part podcast series exploring Australia’s greatest technological innovations and the inspirational people behind them hosted by mathematician and technology buff, Lily Serna and presented by BAE Systems Australia. Visit the podcast page


August 18, 2021 25 min

The Jindalee Operational Radar Network – or JORN – is considered one of Australia’s greatest defence innovations.

Located in the heart of the outback, JORN is a network of three over-the-horizon radars with long-range threat detection capability. It plays a vital role in surveillance by helping our defence force see 1,000s of kilometres past the horizon, enabling them to protect our expansive coastline beyond line-of-sight.

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It took Ross and Keith Smith 28 days to complete their historic UK-Australia flight in 1919.

From then, Australian aviation has come a long away – we now see unmanned aircraft in the sky and some of the most advanced jets in the world flying at speeds of almost 2,000 km per hour.    Today, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is world class Air Force with a proud 100 year history and a very inspiring future that will see a growing...

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Currently in Australia, less than 20% of Engineering students are female. And in the defence industry, female engineers make up less than 15% of the workforce. 

Despite campaigns by governments and industry, women remain underrepresented in Science, Technology and Maths (STEM) careers and while progress has been made, there is much more work to do. 

So how do we encourage more women into STEM? 

Join Lily Serna as she meets some of ...

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May 26, 2021 23 min

Enter the world of the digital shipyard. 

Using virtual reality, smart sensors and 3D visualisation, a new generation of workers is changing the way we build and maintain ships, automating traditional processes and revamping labour practices. 

Join host Lily Serna as she meets the people who are using smart technologies to revolutionise Australia’s maritime industry.

The Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia is one of the most ...

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April 28, 2021 26 min

As the world’s biggest island, Australia has a vested interest in shipbuilding. And with the launch of the multi-billion dollar Hunter Class Frigate Program, Australia’s defence industry has the opportunity to become an international maritime power – but can the nation pass the test?

In this episode Lily Serna hears from the people behind this significant defence project and explores what it takes to deliver world-class, sustainabl...

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March 22, 2021 29 min

Rooted in Australia's defence history, Nulka has become one of the nation’s biggest defence success stories.

Nulka – a hovering rocket which lures incoming missiles away from ships to protect their crews – is made in Australia with an Indigenous name meaning “be quick”. It is currently deployed on more than 140 Australian, American and Canadian warships.

More than 1,000 Nulka systems have been manufactured earning more than $...

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Join mathematician and leading science communicator, Lily Serna, as she explores Australia’s greatest defence technologies and the inspirational people behind them.


Technically Possible is presented by BAE Systems Australia.


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