Queensland Government – Gold Sponsor for the 2018 UAV Challenge


The UAV Challenge Organisers are grateful to the Queensland Government for their Gold Sponsorship of the 2018 UAV Challenge. The high-school competition next week will be known as the Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge 2018.

The Queensland Government was a foundation partner of the UAV Challenge in 2007 and have supported our events ever since. We really could not have developed the UAV Challenge into the success it has become without the Queensland Government. This year the sponsorship of the government comes from the Departments of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; Natural Resources and Mines, and Defence Industries Queensland, within the Department of State Development. The government is helping Queensland maintain its position as a major hub for aviation and aerospace activity, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Thanks to the Queensland Government!

Defence Science and Technology – Gold sponsors of the 2018 UAV Challenge


The UAV Challenge organisers are grateful for the Gold sponsorship of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group for the 2018 UAV Challenge. Defence Science and Technology (DST) is part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. DST is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. DST has been a past sponsor of the UAV Challenge and their continued support is very much welcomed. You can learn more about what DST does from their website here.

Insitu Pacific and Boeing – Gold sponsors of the 2018 UAV Challenge


The UAV Challenge organisers are grateful for the Gold sponsorship of Insitu Pacific and Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia) 2018 UAV Challenge. Boeing and Insitu Pacific were foundation partners and later sponsors of the UAV Challenge series of event. They have provided considerable technical input into the UAV Challenge over the years and run STEM activities for the high-school students during the competition days. Insitu Pacific also sponsor the Airmanship Awards at the UAV Challenge events. We are extremely grateful for their continued support.

Northrop Grumman – Gold sponsor of the 2018 UAV Challenge


The UAV Challenge organisers gratefully acknowledge the Gold sponsorship of Northrop Grumman for the 2018 UAV Challenge. Northrop Grumman have been a key supporter of the UAV Challenge and their continued support is great to see. 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. Thanks Northrop Grumman.


Lockheed Martin – Gold sponsor of the 2018 UAV Challenge

Lockheed MartinThe UAV Challenge organisers gratefully acknowledge the Gold sponsorship of Lockheed Martin for the 2018 UAV Challenge. Lockheed Martin have been long time sponsors and supporters of the UAV Challenge. Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin Australia and its related entities employ more than 800 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence, maritime and civil sector. Lockheed Martin is a global technology leader who recognises that Australia needs a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent. Thanks Lockheed Martin.

MathWorks – Bronze sponsor of the 2018 UAV Challenge

mathworks-titleThe UAV Challenge organisers gratefully acknowledge the Bronze Sponsorship of Mathworks for the 2018 UAV Challenge. MathWorks has been a frequent sponsor of the UAV Challenge events over the past ten years and is now firmly part of the UAV Challenge family. MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. Thanks Mathworks.

Beyond Visual Line of Sight approval granted for Medical Express


Canberra UAV’s retrieval aircraft competing in the 2016 Medical Express event in Dalby, Queensland.

Some great news today. We received our approval to operate the 2018 UAV Challenge Medical Express event as a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation. The approval comes from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and allows the operation of unmanned aircraft in a more realistic scenario than ever before. In previous years we have operated the flight area with a large number of range marshals who remain in visual contact of the competing aircraft. With the new BVLOS procedures, the mission reflects better the reality of how medical package retrieval missions will operate in the future in the real-world.

The UAV Challenge has maintained a great working relationship with CASA over the history of the event and it is very pleasing that we are now at the point where competitors will get to experience real BVLOS missions. We thank CASA for their ongoing assistance in showing the world how unmanned aircraft technology can be used for the benefit of us all.