Australian eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero has welcomed the government’s move to back the development of its Vertaiia aircraft to fight bushfires autonomously. An A$3 million ($2 million) grant from the Cooperative Research Centres’ Projects will help develop a remotely piloted version of the Vertaiia. ASML Aero will work with its partners to develop an autonomous piloting system, modify a prototype aircraft for firefighting missions and then test it in  regional Australia. AMSL’ Aero’s project partners include the University of Sydney, robotics compony Mission Systems and Australian firefighting aviation operator Pay’s Air Service.

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