BRISBANE, Australia, September 22, 2015 - Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., today announced its continued sponsorship for 2015 and 2016 of the UAV Challenge.
Together with Boeing Research & Technology-Australia, Insitu Pacific has been a proud supporter and sponsor of the event since 2007 and has confirmed $25,000 in joint-funding over two years.
The UAV Challenge runs on a two-year cycle and is open to high school students, universities and enthusiasts from around the globe. The 2015 event will host the high school-only component and comprises an airborne delivery and robotics challenge. Students must respond to a hypothetical emergency situation and deliver life-saving medical supplies to “Outback Joe” who is suffering from an allergic reaction.
Insitu Pacific managing director Andrew Duggan said the event is an important part of Insitu Pacific’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) engagement strategy and is ideal for developing young minds in the field of unmanned systems and autonomy.
“The UAV Challenge allows students to participate in a growing industry, in a real-world simulated situation,” Duggan said. “They may not realise it now, but they are helping to contribute to the development of autonomous technologies and could very well be the next leaders in the field. We are proud to continue to support this fantastic event.”
Boeing Research & Technology-Australia business manager Peter Birt said “this is a key technology development area for Boeing Research & Technology-Australia in support of Insitu Pacific’s business growth, and it directly aligns with a key element of our mission to develop the next generation of in-country aerospace scientists and engineers.”
The UAV Challenge will take place September 29-30 at Calvert Radio Aero Modellers Society flying field, west of Ipswich, Australia. To find out more, visit the UAV Challenge website.
Insitu Pacific, located in Queensland, Australia, has provided UAS services to defence, civil and commercial interests in the Asia-Pacific region since June 2009. Insitu Pacific is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Insitu Inc and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. With a small footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea operations, the company’s family of UAS solutions serves the needs of the global defence community. To date, these systems have accumulated over 847,000 operational flight hours and 105,000 sorties. For more information, visit www.insitupacific.com.au
Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia) is a highly collaborative organisation that brings the best of Australian technology to Boeing. BR&T-Australia supports the company’s 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.