Surf lifesavers, police, fire fighters and
rescue workers across Australia and around the world could benefit from new unmanned
surveillance technology developed at UQ, after the signing of a commercialisation agreement.
This unique design combines the energy efficiency of a helicopter with the simplicity and robustness
of a quad-rotor, the result is an aircraft that’s up to twenty percent more energy efficient
than a conventional quad rotor whilst also being more agile and responsive.
Brisbane-based company V-TOL Aerospace will manufacture a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle
as well as develop the regulator-approved training and support services required to
make this product Civil Aviation Safety Authority compliant.
I’m excited to be able to work with V-TOL Aerospace to take this technology out of the
lab and into the field, where I think it will be the ideal platform for emergency responders
such as surf lifesavers, fire services and police.