Australia: Unmanned systems researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology have developed a small UAS with an onboard system that enables the vehicle to use vision to detect another aircraft in flight and avoid it.
In trials, the onboard system delivered real-time warnings to the ground control station, which prevented collision by a manual avoidance manoeuvre. The aircraft was tested in class G airspace. QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation collaborated with Boeing Research and Technology-Australia and Insitu Pacific carried out the research. The trials were conducted in an airfield northwest of Brisbane.
Project ResQu, a $7 million, two-year project funded by the Queensland Government, QUT, CSIRO, BR&T-A and Insitu Pacific, “aims to fast-track the development of smart technologies that will enable unmanned aircraft to fly safely in the civil airspace," says ARCAA Director, QUT Professor Duncan Campbell. "Ultimately, this will allow UA to provide public services such as assistance in disaster management and recovery, as well as in environmental, bio-security and resource management."