The University of Victoria (UVic) in Victoria, British Columbia, has received an investment from the Canadian government to acquire equipment and conduct laboratory upgrades to support the design, development, commercialization and certification of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and payloads at the Centre for Aerospace Research.
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of over $2.084 million for projects to support the advanced manufacturing and aerospace sectors in Victoria. UVIc is receiving $527,000 of the funding.
‘In the three years since its inception, UVic's Centre for Aerospace Research has become a Canadian leader in UAV research, design, integration and testing,” comments Dr. David Castle, vice president of research at the university.
“This funding will advance the application of next-generation UAVs in a wide variety of fields, including agriculture, forest fire patrol, and search and rescue,” he says.