Wannabe drone pilots could soon flock to the Northern Territory as Charles Darwin University develops a qualification for safe flying and opens a research hub.
NT looks to the skies as drones take off
The uncluttered air space over the Northern Territory will be used to push the boundaries on drone research, adding to its development as a base for space discoveries.
A drone research and training centre has been established at Charles Darwin University and the next generation of remote pilots will soon buckle up for a vocational certificate.
Professor Hamish Campbell, director of the North Australia Centre for Autonomous Systems, said drone use would grow exponentially over the coming decade.
The machines and their artificial intelligence are expected to play a key role in many sectors, including delivering vital drugs to remote patients and being used for high-tech defence operations in an increasingly volatile region.