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Safe use of drones in Australian airspace to be studied

Northrop Grumman Australia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University have joined to study the requirements for the safe use of unmanned aerial systems in the country.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

CANBERRA, Australia, May 13 (UPI) -- Requirements for operating unmanned aircraft in Australia are to be studied by Northrop Grumman and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Northrop Grumman Australia said the collaborative project is to develop solutions for the safe operation of the aircraft, particularly of large-sized UAVs.

"As a producer of large-scale unmanned aircraft systems, our goal is not only to provide the aircraft, but also to understand fully the Australian government's needs to certify them for operation," said Ian Irving, chief executive for Northrop Grumman Australia. "We're extremely excited to work with RMIT University because of their leadership in the development of innovative approaches to civil and military airspace regulatory reform and air vehicle certification."

Additional details of the collaborative agreement were not disclosed.

"Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems that will provide a transformative capability to the Australian Defense Force," said Reece Clothier, from RMIT's Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre. "In collaboration with Northrop Grumman and the ADF, we will help establish a plan for bringing this unique capability into service."

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