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Advance Queensland Program launches remotely piloted aircraft research

The Queensland Government's Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program has awarded $1 million to the Boeing Company to develop and test Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems (RPAS) technologies in Queensland.

This research project—the first to be funded under the $10 million Platform Technology Program—aims to develop an airspace awareness surveillance system, capitalising on existing RPAS technologies capabilities to conduct remote-monitoring and inspection of key industrial infrastructure.

The surveillance system's development as a platform technology, may also go on to provide benefits for other industries such as mining, energy, agriculture and the environment.

The project represents a first-of-its-kind partnership between Boeing and the Queensland Government which will also call on industry and technical expertise from:

  • Insitu Pacific (a Boeing subsidiary)
  • Shell's QGC project
  • Telstra
  • Queensland Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The project is expected to generate up to 100 aerospace jobs in the next five years. Up to 50% of jobs created are likely to be with Queensland SMEs.

To read more about this project and the Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program go to the Advance Queensland announcement page.

The Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program is part of the state government's $405 million Advance Queensland initiative, which is working to create jobs for the future.

For more on Advance Queensland visit advance.qld.gov.au

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