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Round One announcement

Grants awarded under Round One of the EATP Program support a range of projects, including initiatives focused on development of digital farming, boosting regional supply chains, connecting regional communities and growing manufacturing in emerging aviation technology.

On 7 November 2022, the Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government announced $18 million has been allocated to support 12 projects under Round One of the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships (EATP) Program.

The media release is available on the Minister's website here.

Projects to be funded under Round One

Recipient Project description Location
AMSL Aero Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturing focusing on regulatory barriers and trials of air ambulance in regional NSW. NSW
Praxis Labs Develop structural solar surfaces for the wings of an upcoming fleet of Australian electric aircraft. SA
Hover UAV - SORA-Mate Develop an online risk assessment tool for drone operators. All
Central Queensland University Develop and trial a prototype drone system capable of AI driven weed detection and herbicide spraying (digital farming). QLD
Wedgetail Aerospace Pty Ltd Large drone operations in regional Australia including pilot and maintenance qualifications, capability verification and validation. WA
Charles Darwin University Trial of drone service delivery for health-related items between health centres, remote indigenous communities and very remote outstations in the Northern Territory. The project will test and validate the effectiveness, efficiency, community acceptance and costs of integrating uncrewed aircraft into health supply chains. NT
Revolution Aerospace Pty Ltd Research to support and conduct trials to deliver cargo in the Whitsunday region using a variety of drones, delivery distances and delivery scenarios; trials to simulate air taxi operations in the Whitsunday region, and research to develop enhanced uncrewed traffic management services. QLD, VIC
Field Master Systems Pty Ltd Integrating thermal imaging into drones to detect feral pests. VIC
Swinburne University of Technology (Air Hub) Design and integrate a hydrogen fuel cell into a drone with ground and flight testing. VIC, NSW
Marlee Djinda Pty Ltd Build, certify and integrate a drone with cameras and sensors to deliver a Landcare management program on the lands of the Kanpa community within the Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal Land Council in Western Australia. WA
Swoop Aero Pty Ltd Roll out a large-scale multi-role drone logistics network commencing in the Darling Downs south-west region and expanding into south-east QLD and northern NSW focusing on pathology and medical logistics QLD, NSW
XROTOR Pty Ltd Development, testing and trialling of a new propeller design for both emerging and traditional aircraft with reduced noise impact and higher propulsion efficiency compared to traditional propellers. VIC