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Remotely piloted aircraft research project set to take off with $1 million in funding

The Boeing Company has been awarded $1 million to develop and test Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems technologies in Queensland, the first funded under the recently announced Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program.

The major research project will develop an airspace awareness surveillance system in a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Queensland Government and global aerospace giant Boeing. Also providing industry and technical expertise to the project will be Insitu Pacific (a Boeing subsidiary), Shell’s QGC project, Telstra, and Queensland Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The project aims to capitalise on the capabilities inherent in RPAS technologies to carry out remote-monitoring and inspection of key industrial infrastructure, including QGC’s natural gas operations in Queensland. The global market for Remotely Piloted Aircraft was valued at US$10.1 billion in 2015 and is expected to account for US$14.9 billion by 2020.

Attending the Premier’s announcement was (left to right) Mike Wright – Telstra, Shane Arnott – Boeing, Maureen Dougherty President of Boeing Australia, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister Leeanne Enoch, Tony Nunan - Shell’s Vice President QGC and Andrew Duggan - Insitu Pacific.

As a platform technology, the development of an airspace awareness surveillance system may have real benefit in other industries, including mining and energy sectors, agriculture and environmental monitoring.  The project is expected to generate up to 100 aerospace jobs in Queensland over the next five years, with up to 50% of jobs created likely to be in Queensland SMEs through their involvement providing components and expertise.

The $10 million Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program is part of the Queensland Government’s $420 million Advance Queensland initiative, which aims to transform Queensland into a knowledge-based economy and help create jobs for the future. 

Read the media release about the announcement.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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