The Aerosonde UAS was developed in Melbourne and Seattle in the 1990's as a collaborative project focussed on taking meteorological data over long durations and distances, well before many appreciated the potential of small aircraft. The extreme endurance developed for the this role lead to some remarkable technology developments and this tradition continues today in the wide range of new roles that this redesigned aircraft now performs, including critical ISR for Defence customers. If you want to keep up with the latest developments in Aerospace technology you should come along to this professional development lecture from the RAeS Melbourne Branch.
Our high profile speaker for this lecture on leading edge aerospace technology is Peter Smith, Director of Strategy, Australia, Asia and Oceania, Textron Systems, parent company for Aerosonde unmanned aircraft designed and originally built right here in Melbourne. Peter has had many leadership roles in the Australian aerospace and technology industry sectors, including directorships or CEO roles with British Aerospace Australia, Hawker de Havilland, AWA and AUVSI Australia. A former Pro Chancellor, University of South Australia, former Deputy Chair, SA Vocational Employment Education and Training Board, he started with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Sydney Uni, followed by another in Economics and Politics and more recently a PhD from Uni SA in government policy and industry development. This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the leaders of our industry.