The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) Opens in Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD (News4us.com) November 2, 2010
The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) has been opened in Brisbane, near the international airport.
The research centre is a joint project developed by Queensland University of Technology and the independent statutory authority, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
This innovative Centre is developing the safe, reliable, and cost-effective operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Leading to safer more efficient flying, thanks to breakthroughs in collision avoidance, emergency landing and separation management technologies. The leading technologies could also allow unmanned aircraft to be utilised in operations such as search and rescue, bush fire fighting and monitoring ash clouds from volcanoes as well as power line inspection and crop monitoring.
Target scientific and civilian applications include aerospace automation research, environmental data collection, crop monitoring, infrastructure inspection, and low-altitude atmospheric research.
The Queensland State Minister for Economic Development, Andrew Fraser, said that while there were UAV research centres in other parts of the world such as the US and the UK, the Australian centre was unique in its focus on civilian applications.
“There are currently very few civilian applications for UAVs compared to defence usage, but there are enormous commercial opportunities, including stock, pest and weeds monitoring and inspecting power lines,” Mr Fraser said.
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