Sponsors and Supporters 2019 & 2020

Sponsorship Opportunities

The UAV Challenge is sponsored each year by a collection of industry, government and research agencies.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact the organisers of the UAV Challenge via email at uavchallenge@gmail.com


The 2017 & 2018 UAV Challenge events are being organised by the following organisations.



Event Co-Organiser

CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s data innovation network that transforms existing industries and creates new ones through the application of science and technology. As an applied R&D partner, Data61’s capabilities range from cybersecurity, confidential computing, IoT, robotics, machine learning and analytics, software and programming to behavioural sciences and more. See http://www.data61.csiro.au

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision | QUT


Event Co-Organiser

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. Our Institute for Future Environments leverages QUT’s deep domain knowledge in Robotics and Autonomous Systems to deliver real-world impact across  theoretical and applied research in aerial autonomy, terrestrial and maritime robotics, robotic vision and navigation, learning and adaptive systems, and lifelong autonomy.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has been funded $25.6 million over 7 years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe. See http://www.qut.edu.au and https://www.roboticvision.org/

Queensland Government

Major Supporter

The Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science; Department of Education; and Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning support Queensland-based innovation.sed innovation.

The government is helping Queensland maintain its position as a major hub for aviation and aerospace activity, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Recognising the importance of UAS development for both military and commercial use, the Queensland Government has played a prominent role in developing UAS research in Australia. It has done so through its support of the Aerospace Autonomy Group within the Science and Engineering Faculty (formerly the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation), the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (formerly the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Australia), the Smart Skies initiative and Project ResQu.

The Queensland Government has also proudly supported the UAV Challenge since its inception. See https://www.qld.gov.au/


Insitu Pacific and Boeing Research & Technology – Australia

Gold Sponsor

Insitu Pacific is an industry-leading provider of Unmanned Systems solutions including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Insitu Pacific provides a comprehensive set of unmanned systems, services and data products to ensure our customers achieve the tailored information solution they require.

Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.  Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia) was established in March 2008 to provide a centralised research and development (R&D) organisation for Boeing’s in-country businesses and serve as a focal point for collaboration with Australian R&D organisations. BR&T-Australia brings the best of Boeing technology to business pursuits in Australia by reducing technical risks on current programs and providing innovative technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of current aerospace systems. See http://insitupacific.com.au/ and http://www.boeing.com.au/

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Northrop Grumman 

Gold Sponsor

Northrop Grumman is proud to once again sponsor the UAV Challenge. As a leading producer of unmanned systems, Northrop Grumman supports multiple education initiatives designed to create interest and opportunities for students from around the world to learn more about engineering, science and math that makes these technologies possible. Learn more about the company’s innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization at http://www.northropgrumman.com.


Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group

Gold Sponsor

The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. DST Group is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. See https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/


Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Bronze Sponsor

CASA provides a world class safety regulatory environment for civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. CASA’s challenge is to enhance and promote aviation safety through effective safety regulation and by encouraging industry to deliver high standards of safety.

As part of this function CASA provides comprehensive safety education and training programs, cooperates with other government agencies and the industry, and administers certain features of Part IVA of the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959.

CASA is a proud sponsor of the 2019-2020 UAV Challenge. See https://www.casa.gov.au


Australian Association for Unmanned Systems

Bronze Sponsor

AAUS focuses on facilitating awareness, integration and collaboration between industry, academia, government and defence. AAUS offers its members a range of benefits and services.

These include industry advocacy, representation, advice, networking opportunities, business promotional opportunities, and discounted insurance. AAUS serves its membership through every avenue that promotes the adoption and integration of unmanned systems into applications that serve civilian and military needs. See https://aaus.org.au/


Nova Systems

Bronze Sponsor

Nova Systems is a Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, providing industry and government with world class independent expertise in delivering complex projects and solving technologically challenging problems. See https://novasystems.com/



Bronze Sponsor

QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers’ needs. In Australia, we offer engineering and management advice and services across the land, aerospace and maritime sectors. See https://www.qinetiq.com/au


Model Aeronautical Association of Australia


The MAAA is the largest aeromodelling organisation in Australia and encourages and supports Australians to enjoy aeromodelling in a safe and fun environment. By providing a management structure, technical expertise and club management support, it makes it easier for clubs to grow and manage their sport. As a leading expert the MAAA help clubs provide the best advice, instructors and knowledge base so you can safely learn to fly and enjoy your sport. You can undertake pilot training, get your wings, or even become an Instructor or Inspector. See https://www.maaa.asn.au

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