Boeing tests autonomous drone technology in Queensland

Boeing has completed a series of test fights in Australia to explore how high-performance unmanned aircrafts can operate together using artificial intelligence.

The project culminated with five small jet drones operating as a team at the Queensland Flight Test Range in Cloncurry, following a $14.5 million investment from the Palaszczuk government.

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BOEING DRONE FLIGHTS

Boeing has tested its newest autonomous technology at the first commercial drone flight testing facility of Australia, which is located at Cloncurry Airport in Queensland, Australia.

The testing was supported by a $14.5 million investment from the Queensland government, which were used for the design, construction and support of the drone test facility’s foundation stage.

International defence technology company QinetiQ was appointed to build the state-of-the-art facility, establish the flight test range and manage beginning stages of the drone testing facility.

The first test project took place over ten days and the company used five high-performance surrogate jets, which were equipped with new artificial intelligence technology:

Courtesy: The Boeing Company

Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Steven Miles, celebrated Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing centre:

“The construction phase of this state-of-the-art testing facility for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) supported more than 100 direct jobs in the region, including five new apprenticeships.

The centre has now hosted its first test flights, by aerospace giant Boeing. Boeing Australia tested their advanced autonomy project, including brain-on-board technology over ten days in Cloncurry, flying up to five high-performance test aircraft in a team for the first time.”

The facility is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and includes a hangar, buildings for office space and monitoring equipment, range control systems, a surveillance radar and amenities.

The new launch is the latest step in a long history of drone incorporation into military activities.

THE RISE OF DRONES

The first ‘Military International Drone Racing Tournament’ was held in Sydney in 2018, featuring competitors from across the world, and the Australian Army team did very well

This shouldn’t surprise. The Army has been playing around with drones for almost two decades.

Australia entered the Drone Age in 2002, when it became the first country to introduce legislation covering unmanned aerial vehicles, leading the world in creating rules for military and civilian uses.

For example, the Australian Army was the first in the world to proliferate nano drones technology to conventional forces, all the way down to combat platoon level.

The Australian Army has declared that it will soon “be the most unmanned [air vehicle] army in the world per capita”, and many stakeholders are assisting in this transformation.

CSIRO partnered with the Queensland University of Technology, for example, to create the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation. Since 2005, they have been developing and testing drones from a purpose-built building at Brisbane Airport.

Furthermore, all Army UAS operations are governed by DASA — the Defence Aviation Safety Authority. DASA implements regulations which govern UAS operations.

Interestingly, as regulators for ADF aviation, DASA heavily aligns with international standards.

In fact, they recently held a symposium that intended to bring together a diverse range of Defence UAS ‘stakeholders’ to share information and experience.

Today, the Army now has drones in every unit, with a strong emphasis on training, “drone literacy” and even experimentation in their applications.

The controllers of these forces have known it for a very long time: Both conventional warfare and the perceived ‘enemies’ of future ‘wars’ are set to look much different.

Drone technology will be an essential tool of control dissent to the continuing dystopian shift.

FUTURE OF ‘WAR’: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE

There are several Australian manufacturers of professional drones, including Cyber Technology, V-Tol Aerospace and ADAM Technology.

From the Army’s perspective, drones are a force multiplier that make their soldier lives ‘safer and better’. This is by removing them from some type of dangerous situation, to improve effectiveness.

In reality, it is to hide the fact that war, is in fact, a hoax.

War involves conquest and victory, not indefinite occupation. Humanity has never experienced ‘conventional war’, rather, simulated business models of strategic relocation, powered by media.

What we perceive to be ‘war’ is really a Hollywood creation to normalise the existence of military forces, which, have always been designed to be used against the people.

Now, as the New World Reset approaches, army ‘forces’ will slowly be replaced with technology

The great unveiling of war deception will be masked in the emergence of artificial gadgets, and we can already see the recruitment processes undertaking an interesting transition.

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The army now has conversations with STEM kids and recruits experts gamers. 

Drones involve design, coding, soldering, electronics, mechanics, aerodynamics, 3D printing, radio datalinks and multimedia creation. Children are exactly the kind of people now wanted.

There has only ever been one war at play: The forces of good against the forces of evil.

Now, the era of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) has emerged. Drones will become the new ‘eyes in the sky’ at all levels to ensure total surveillance of Australia.

This has already been beefing up for many years now.

The Air Force plans to operate the Northrup Grumman MQ-4C Triton, which is as large as a commercial aircraft, to provide a complex maritime ISR role.

That is correct, slingshots won’t work on this one.

Described as a high altitude long endurance (HALE) aircraft, it can support missions up to 24 hours and its sensor equipment offers a 360 degree view for up to 2,000 nautical miles.

Drones have become commonplace surveillance. The Queensland government recently commissioned tests of drones for monitoring of illegal fishing and trawling.

The very concern is that Australia could be participating in extra-judicial monitoring of citizens or other violations of human rights law, while the rest of us would know nothing about it.

Professor of International Relations at UNSW, Clinton Fernandes, told reporters in 2012 when asked about the use of drones: “The big problem is the affect on everybody else in the territory.”

“The society can be patrolled basically indefinitely.”

It is envisaged that at least six Tritons will operate out of RAAF Base Edinburgh near Adelaide, with the first going into service in 2023 and the full complement expected to be operational by 2025.

Triton will operate alongside the Poseidon P-8A fleet, which already patrols Australian borders.

Let’s not also forget the introduction and controversy surrounding ‘pandemic drone’ surveillance, as well as use by police forces to monitor ‘social behaviours’ during holiday seasons.

Indeed, the use of drones is a key missing link not discussed often enough in emergence of Australia digital technocratic prison, as it will accommodate smart city plans perfectly.

Want to go bush? Are you able to watch out for drones 2,000 miles away? They can see you.

Want to head out on a boat? Drones are at the borders and in the seas.

You get the point. It’s not that this isn’t here already, it is that the emergence of artificial intelligence that will ensure these operations — always designed for what is coming — can work around-the-clock.

George Orwell was correct all along.


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2 comments on “Boeing tests autonomous drone technology in Queensland”

  1. Truth – “There has only ever been one war at play: The forces of good against the forces of evil.”

    Perception – There is no right or wrong, no good or evil.

    When perception replaces truth what becomes of truth?

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

  2. Good one, Gareth. Now we are provided with 2020 vision to observe his manifestation in various forms. Take your pick: Lord Rothschild, Bill Gates, Tony Fauci, George Soros, Klaus Schwab, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance…the Devil needs to be careful…he is spreading himself very thin.

    With these drones now available, Anna Stasi will be able to police future “hard Qld borders” more efficiently to intercept desperate citizens with sick infants trying to reach nearby hospitals…

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