Emerging aerospace technology gets funding boost – Australian Aviation

Marlee Djinda is a drone and data-as-a-service company

The Australian government has announced that it will provide a total of US$18 million in funding for 12 aerospace technology projects.

Some of the successful projects include AMSL Aero’s eVTOL aircraft, Praxis Lab’s plan for solar wing surfaces for electric aircraft, and a whole range of innovative applications of drone technology, including AI-enabled digital farming.

The grants are part of the first round of funding for the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnership (EATP) program, which will provide a total of $32.6 million in funding through June 2024.

The participants in the program were carefully selected in a transparent and highly competitive process.

In round two, the remaining funding will be allocated through a further approval process, paving the way for an entirely new pool of applicants to secure funding.

The aim of the EATP program is to make the Australian aviation industry more efficient, competitive and sustainable, with a particular focus on innovation.

Transport Secretary Catherine King said: “The Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program will ensure our aviation sector remains at the forefront of innovation as it evolves and grows, particularly with a renewed focus on achieving net-zero carbon emissions.”

Round 1 of the program focuses on projects that bring tangible benefits to rural communities, including extended supply chains and improved transport and communication links.

“This program will directly support regional communities in improving health services and connectivity and enhance the ability of Australian companies to deliver new aviation operations of increased technical complexity,” Minister King said

The government also predicts that the EATP program will create greater job opportunities in the emerging technology sector within aviation.

Among the successful participants in this funding round, two of the projects have a particular focus on developing technologies that will benefit Indigenous Australians.

Marlee Djinda is a drone and data-as-a-service company that aims to build and integrate a drone with sensors and cameras to support the delivery of a land care management program within the Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal Land Council in to facilitate WA.

Charles Darwin University, meanwhile, is piloting a drone delivery service for health supplies to extremely remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

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