UWA pioneers world-first research into bomb-detecting drones

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Department of Defence has awarded a major research project to a consortium led by The University of Western Australia to develop high-tech sensors that could detect terrorist threats.

Under the research project, high tech sensing capabilities on specifically designed drones, would detect improvised threats in high-risk environments. UWA will be partnering with local drone manufacturer Scientific Aerospace, and Melbourne-based Panorama Synergy Ltd, to undertake the venture. 

The funding, comprising three million dollars over three years, comes from the Department of Defence as part of its Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenges Program, a Federal Government initiative which facilitates large scale collaborative research between industry and academia, seeking solutions to significant defence and national security challenges. 

The lead researcher on the project heads up the Advanced Sensing Technologies research group, within UWA’s Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and has been developing revolutionary sensors for more than two decades.

Once perfected, the technology will have also have applications in food & agriculture, and in remote sensing for mineral exploration.

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