Sponsors and Supporters 2014

The 2014 UAV Challenge Outback Rescue was organised, sponsored and supported by the following organisations.

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO_logo


Event Co-Organiser

At CSIRO we shape the future. We do this by using science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to industry, people and the planet.

As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for over 85 years. Today we have close to 6000 talented people working out of 55 centres in Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy.

We are one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Our interests span agriculture, biosecurity, digital productivity, energy, food and nutrition, land and water, manufacturing, mineral resources and oceans and atmospheres.

Our ability to achieve results is shown by the quality of our research. We are in the top 1% of global research institutions in 14 of 22 research fields and in the top 0.1% in four research fields. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world.

QUT – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) qut-logo


Event Co-Organiser

QUT is a leading Australian university with a global reputation, based on real-world learning experiences and high-impact research. QUT graduates are among the most employable in Australia and include six Rhodes Scholars (three in the past four years).

With more than 44,000 students, QUT was ranked as Australia’s top university under 50 years old in the 2013 Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 rankings. Our teachers consistently dominate national academic teaching grants and awards and helped earn QUT a global five-star rating in the 2013 QS Stars university ratings. QUT’s strong research reputation is characterised by links with industry, professions and the community, with 85 per cent of QUT’s research effort ranked world standard or above (Australian Government 2012 ERA). About 20 per cent of students are studying at postgraduate level, and 16 per cent come from overseas. Our staff and students have access to latest technology and new, world-class facilities and infrastructure.

It hosts the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (www.arcaa.aero), a research centre of QUT that conducts research to address the impediments facing routine civilian operations of unmanned aircraft.

Insitu Pacific INSITU_Pacific


Platinum Sponsor

Insitu Pacific is a leading unmanned systems provider in the Asia-Pacific region. Insitu Pacific designs, develops and operates runway-independent unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for intelligence, site or equipment monitoring, surveying, security and safety.

With best-in-class technology, Insitu Pacific tailors custom solutions based on your unique needs. For your airborne requirements, our range of UAS include CyberQuad, ScanEagle and Integrator. On the ground, your requirements are covered through a range of iRobot Unmanned Ground Vehicles.

Insitu Pacific has provided UAS to Asia-Pacific since 2009 and is a subsidiary of US-based Insitu Inc and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

Northrop Grumman grumman


Platinum Sponsor

Northrop Grumman is a proud sponsor of the UAV Outback Challenge. As a leading producer of unmanned systems for the defence and civil markets, the company supports numerous programs that help create interest and further opportunities for today’s youth 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.

Boeing Research & Technology – Australia logo_boeing


Gold Sponsor

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, including universities and private sector R&D providers, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). 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.

Mathworks logo_mathworks


Gold Sponsor

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. For additional information, visit http://www.mathworks.com.au.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority logo_casa


Gold 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.

DSTO logo_dsto


Bronze Sponsor

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D Organisation in Australia. DSTO is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

Stanwell logo_stanwell


Bronze Sponsor

Stanwell Corporation Limited (Stanwell) is a diverse energy company. We own coal, gas and water assets which we use to generate electricity for the National Electricity Market (the NEM); we sell electricity directly to major customers; and we trade gas and coal.

With a generating capacity of more than 4200 megawatts, Stanwell is also the largest electricity generator in Queensland. The business has the capacity to supply more than 45 per cent of the State’s average electricity needs through coal, gas and hydro generation at seven geographically dispersed sites.

Stanwell are the proud owners of the Tarong Power Stations and the Meandu Mine which are situated outside Kingaroy.

Queensland Government QLD_crest



The Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and Defence Industries Queensland, within the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, support Queensland-based innovation industries.

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 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.

UAS Pacific logo-uaspacific



UAS Pacific are a Queensland based turnkey solution provider for all looking to the UAS industry, with proven experience in being able to make the complex simple and providing cost effective unmanned systems solutions tailored to meet your needs. Capabilities include Managed Flight Services using our licenced controllers and autonomous UAV fleet (or we can use your existing equipment), manufacturing, maintenance, manuals and documentation writing and training. Professional expertise through a team of unmanned systems specialists, licenced aviation professionals, software and electronics engineers, and image analysts. All are experts in their field.

AAUS aaus-logo



The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) is an industry body that represents and supports the Australian Unmanned Systems Community through Leadership, Advocacy, Education, Networking, Events and Knowledge Sharing.

Raytheon Australia RA_V_RGB_RB



Raytheon Australia is an Industry leader in mission solutions, delivering local mission systems integration and smart sustainment solutions to our customers. With over 1200 employees across Australia and headquartered in Canberra, ACT, Raytheon has a presence in every mainland state and territory.

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