AUVS Australia, the Australian affiliate of AUVSI, is being officially launched in conjunction with AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2009.

"This is a significant step in establishing an accredited and functional association whereby the unmanned systems industry in Australia can be appropriately represented," says Dr K C Wong of the University of Sydney, the chairman of AUVS-Australia.

AUVS-Australia is a collaboration between industry, academia, defense and government departments and is aimed at nurturing the development of indigenous unmanned capabilities and technology.

AUVS-Australia's main objectives are to further the advancement of unmanned systems, act as the voice of the industry in public and government forums, promote the unmanned systems industry, its applications and benefits to the wider community, encourage education and research in the field of unmanned systems and foster collaboration and knowledge sharing with the unmanned system community.

"AUVS-Australia's mission is to promote and support the Australian unmanned systems community through communication, education and leadership," Wong says. "We hope to achieve this through the activities of the association, leveraging the dedicated support from AUVSI during this early forming phase."

AUVS-Australia is supported by the following member organizations: Aerosonde (Textron/AAI), Agent Oriented Software, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, BAE Systems Australia, Barton Vale Technologies, Boeing Defence Australia, Cobham; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Insitu Pacific, L-3 Communications Australia, Thales and the University of Sydney.

For more information on AUVS-Australia, visit booth 470.

Source: Flight Daily News