Australasia

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…

Will They Finally Rescue Outback Joe?

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Poor old Outback Joe has been lost near Kingaroy since 2007, but would-be rescuers haven’t given up hope of finding him and taking home $50,000 in prize money. “Outback Joe” is a dummy who is lost in the bush –…

Unmanned systems Australia announces joint venture with UVS

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Unmanned Systems Australia announces that it has agreed with UVS to jointly market Maritime Unmanned Systems. Unmanned Systems Australia Pty Ltd is a UAS consulting and training services company that assist companies understand and enter the Unmanned Systems market. The joint marketing…

Common sense from CASA

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Australian aviation regulator have updated their drone page and what’s not to like. Plenty of useful links and information. http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_100374 What are RPA? The term RPA refers to remotely piloted aircraft, but these aircraft are also known as unmanned aerial…

Secrets in our sky

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Dizzying aerial shots of wide, sweeping landscapes used to be the exclusive domain of big-budget film productions with a helicopter, but not any more. The rise of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems — “drone” is something of a dirty word in…

Drone flying takes off as a popular hobby

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Herding sheep and filming AFL training sessions is all in a day’s work for Ryan Hamlet, project manager at hobby drone online retailer I-Drone. The AFL team wanted to see aerial footage of its training session, Hamlet says. ‘‘People also…