SUPPORTING capabilities

Drawing upon our expertise in optical lasers and cutting-edge quantum technologies, RavensNest is dedicated to advancing the forefront of timing and sensor innovation. Our primary mission encompasses the detection of covert operations, real-time monitoring of spaceborne objects, and the provision of alternative PNT (Positioning, Navigation, and Timing) solutions for navigating the complex landscape of modern warfare.

RavensNest is distinguished by its dynamic and collaborative research and development environment, which serve as a centre for interdisciplinary cooperation between academia and industry-leading scientists and researchers.

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space domain awareness

Detect, track and image small, fast moving objects

navigation warfare

In GNSS-degraded or denied environment


Enhanced detection and tracking of covert targets and change detection.

assured PNT

Resilient, assured operations.



C-ROC | Compact Rubidium Optical Clock. A timing device with low SWaP and a performance better than current GPS standards

T-SYNC | Distributing stable timing signals through optical fibre and free space

Q-MAG | Effectively our sensors make the ocean and land transparent through the uniquely high sensitivity of quantum sensing.
SPAD | Single Photon Avalanche Diode – Detecting single photons of light building up 3D images in low-light conditions or even when an object of interest is partially obscured.
SPL | Single photon LiDAR (SPL) represents an improvement over conventional LiDAR through the use of very sensitive photon detectors and advanced laser technologies. The SPL systems permits accurate object identification and tracking in low light, cluttered and challenging environments.
A satellite-borne SPL system has the ability to detect, track and image both fast moving and small objects further away than conventional techniques.

the team

quantx labs

QuantX Labs is a privately-owned, highly respected Australian company and a world-leader in high-precision timing and quantum sensor technologies.

DST Group

Sensors and Effectors Division leads the science and technology for all sensing for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and the delivery of physical effects.


The Precision Measurement Team at Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing, where the blue-sky research and development takes place.


A dynamic, collaborative precinct where Defence, government, industry, and universities work side-by-side to solve the most urgent problems for defence with focus, scale, and impact.

RavensNest is ‘a sandbox’ for defence innovation where we share the risk of innovating new technologies. This is a ‘Skunkworks’-style rapid exploration initiative, with an aim to try hard and fail fast, i.e., the ‘special forces’ model. 

The RavensNest has a sharp focus on delivering sovereign capability to the ADF.

A preference for nurturing and growing a skilled S&T work force engaged on mid to higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL) projects.

We have created a focussed strategic collaboration for providing a transition path to fast-track transformative technologies from research through to sovereign capability.  

RavensNest is a TRL accelerator that can keep pace with today’s rapidly changing defence environment.


At RavensNest, the cutting-edge collaborative research space at the forefront of defence innovation we are eager to share our space with other like-minded teams.

If you are interested in finding out more about our research, technologies or to explore the possibilities of joining our team delivering sovereign capability to the Defence Force get in touch now.

  1. A place of protection and security.
  2. A place of incubation, transformation, and growth.
  3. A place to launch.
  4. Symbolising the start of a new way to do business
  1. Ravens are highly intelligent and exploit their wealth of high-precision sensors including sight,
    communications, and navigation.
  2. Ravens work together (hunt) in teams/networks to target and hunt larger prey to accomplish what
    one single raven cannot. An asymmetric capability.
  3. Ravens use tools to obtain food and aid in defending their territories.
  4. To the Noongar people of southwestern Australia, the Australian raven was Waardar, “the Watcher”
    and was wily and unpredictable.
  5. A Raven’s nest is perched high in a tree, as it also functions as a lookout post.