Queensland Government Invests in UAS, Partners with Boeing and Shell

The Palaszczuk government of Queensland, Australia, has invested AUD $1 million (approximately $750,000) in drone technology. The government expects 100 new aerospace industry jobs to be created in Queensland as a result of the investment.

The state government is providing the Advance Queensland funding in a first-of-its kind partnership with global aerospace giant The Boeing Company, in conjunction with Boeing subsidiary Insitu Pacific, Shell’s QGC project, Telstra, and locally based small to midsize enterprises.

The funding will develop and test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for adoption by critical industries, such as agriculture, mining, energy, telecommunications, search and rescue, and environmental management.

“The project aims to capitalize on the capabilities inherent in drones to carry out remote monitoring and inspection of key infrastructure and data analysis to allow for better decision-making,” says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Drone technology has the capability of introducing greater efficiencies in a range of Queensland industries, and we want to make sure our state develops an industry that delivered jobs as part of this process.”


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