Australians Working On Agricultural UAVs

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Unmanned aerial vehicles have been attracting more and more attention in recent years, mainly for applications in military reconnaissance and border patrol. But down under in Australia, a new research center is aiming in a new direction. "People are talking about using them for so-called armchair farming," says Rod Walker, director of the brand-new Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation that opened at Brisbane Airport last Thursday. Farmers with large properties could send out cheap UAVs to find where the stock is, or to collect data on crops to improve management and productivity, Walker told ABC Newsonline. And protecting the country's borders is on the agenda too. "This is the future of aviation," said Deputy Premier, Anna Bligh at the dedication last week. "This is the next most significant development internationally in aviation and Queensland wants to be at the cutting edge of that. We will in this centre develop the capacity to take this technology to the world."