Australasia

Sky-high refuelling for UAVs

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by A University of Sydney researcher has designed and successfully tested a method for autonomously docking drones for refuelling or recharging, in mid-air. Daniel Wilson, whose PhD research addressed the limited endurance levels of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) says: “At…

Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop

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by  Erin Pearl University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops, potentially saving farmers time and money. During his Summer Science Scholarship, Mr Godfrey investigated if drones could be used…

UAV licensing a long-term prospect

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by ELIZABETH ANDERSON LEIGHTON Pearce, Loveday, is so confident about the future of unmanned aerial vehicles in Australia that he is working through the long and time-consuming process to gain an operator’s licence. There are two license levels beyond the…

The farmer takes a drone

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by by Jess Reid Drones on dairy farms? It may sound like fun, but for UWA student Matthew Rowbottom, the high-tech machines could be useful to time-poor dairy farmers. He is researching the effectiveness of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles…

Farmer uses drone to check cyclone damage

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by The use of drones or cameras attached to a remote-controlled pilotless aircraft is becoming more common on farms. Once thought of as the domain of the military, or science fiction, increasing numbers of people are buying drones for personal…

Trade Me helps test rescue drone

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by TOM PULLAR-STRECKER Trade Me does not believe drones will be widely used to deliver shopping any time soon, but it has helped Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) see if they could save lives. LandSAR put a delivery drone made…