Smart Skies was a 3 year, $10M project co-funded by the Queensland Government National and International Research Alliances Program, Boeing Research and Technology Australia, Boeing Research and Technology USA and QUT.
The ARCAA project developed a suite of technologies to support the safe and efficient sharing of airspace by autonomous and piloted aircraft. These included automated vision-based collision avoidance of aircraft and lidar-based avoidance of ground objects and an airspace tracking and management system.
In 2010, we achieved the world’s first demonstration integrating all these technologies in complex scenarios involving up to 50 real and simulated aircraft at once.
Within this project, CSIRO’s unmanned helicopter integrated into a complex computer-controlled airspace environment and performed infrastructure inspection tasks beyond visual line-of-sight in an unmapped environment.
The civilian applications include:
- Infrastructure inspection
- traffic control and pursuit monitoring
- search and rescue
- crop monitoring
- bushfire prevention
- communication relays
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