Australasia

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

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by Simon Chester Two students from University of Wollongong have won an innovation award for using a quadcopter UAV to quickly deliver a floatation device to a distressed swimmer. The UAV, designed by Nicolas Roach and Leo Stevens, uses magnets to carry a…

Orbital delivers First Engine to Insitu subsidiary of Boeing

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Orbital Corporation Limited (Orbital) has delivered the first purpose-built ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) propulsion system to Insitu Inc, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for in-house testing and development. Designed specifically for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) class UAVs,…

Forfeiture of UAV equipment to Australian customs

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Cyber Technology (WA) Pty. Ltd. has been in an enduring process with Australians Customs over incorrect paper work relating to the export of parent company equipment. UAV technology, due to it’s proprietary dual-use nature is a controlled export technology. This…

UNR to conduct drone research with Australian company

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Lenita Powers, RGJ Flirtey, an Australian firm that uses drones to deliver textbooks to customers, announced today it is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno to help develop a commercial drone delivery service. Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey’s chief executive officer, said the…

Customs seizes $80k worth of unauthorised drones

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By Paris Cowan A magistrate’s court in Perth has prosecuted WA drone manufacturer Cyber Technology for attempting to export thousands of dollars worth of sophisticated aircraft without approval. Last Friday the company was ordered to forfeit drones and other unspecified electronics…

Google drones tested in Queensland

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Cameron Atfield A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines. Google X, a division…