Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Boeing successfully completes autonomous flight test trifecta

Boeing Defence has successfully completed an end-to-end flight mission using three high-performance testbed aircraft in outback Queensland, marking another successful milestone for the Autonomous Systems Platform Technology Project.

Boeing Defence has successfully completed an end-to-end flight mission using three high-performance testbed aircraft in outback Queensland, marking another successful milestone for the Autonomous Systems Platform Technology Project.

The Autonomous Systems Platform Technology Project is Boeing’s second Advance Queensland investment partnership with the Queensland government.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Boeing and its partners are developing new on-board autonomous command and control technology to enable unmanned vehicles to perceive, process, communicate and act in accordance with their programmed mission – without input from a human operator.

Boeing will continue flight tests for the project in Cloncurry later this year.

During the flight, Boeing Australia successfully performed a number of tests, including the three jets taking off autonomously, achieving the required in-air formations, departing from the formation and each autonomously landing.

Emily Hughes, director of Boeing’s Phantom Works International, said, “The goal of our mission was to completely test out our mission system software from start to finish, using three high-performance jets.

“While we have previously flown larger numbers aircraft autonomously, this was our first opportunity to perform an end-to-end mission test with three high-performance testbed aircraft, at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.”

PROMOTED CONTENT

Kate Jones, Queensland Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation, added, “Boeing is a key global player in the sector. We look forward to the company being the first user of the Cloncurry Flight Test Facility in north-west Queensland; Australia’s first drone flight test facility.

“We’ve invested $14.5 million to develop ­the new facility, which we believe is critical to a UAS industry in the state, creating jobs and economic benefits in Queensland.” 

The technology developed as part of this project is informing Boeing’s development autonomous aircraft, including the Boeing Airpower Teaming System.

Boeing successfully completes autonomous flight test trifecta
Boeing-Autonomous-Flight.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 20 2021
Indigenous company to build new facilities at RAAF Base Darwin
A leading Indigenous construction company has been contracted to deliver a $7 million explosive ordnance storage facility at RAAF ...
Sep 20 2021
archTIS acquires Cipherpoint’s European software division
Australian cyber security company archTIS has acquired the European operations of Cipherpoint’s software division, the company c...
Sep 20 2021
Skyborne delivers CHAOS 12GA UAS to UK Defence and Security Accelerator
Skyborne Technologies has delivered its CHAOS 12GA weapon payload system to the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). ...