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Carleton researcher receives NSERC Funding for UAS training

By DE Staff   

General Aerospace

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Carleton University’s Jeremy Laliberté and partners from four other universities (École de technologie supérieure, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Ottawa and Queen’s University) have received $1.65 million in funding from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program to address challenges with operating uninhabited aircraft systems (UAS).

The project, Uninhabited Aircraft Systems Training, Innovation and Leadership Initiative (UTILI), will address technological challenges associated with the safe and effective operation of UAS and help train students to work effectively in this emerging sector.

“UAS are an important part of Canada’s future aviation sector,” said Laliberté, professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “The training supported by this funding will enable scientists and engineers to take full advantage of UAS capabilities for forestry, precision agriculture and the delivery of time-sensitive products. We will establish an important UAS training and research hub in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec with connections and partnerships throughout Canada and the United States”

Students will participate in specialized training instruction, such as ground and flight schools, and a UAS mission design and operation course. This instruction will provide a unique real-world UAS experiences to meet the growing global demand for qualified UAS trainees.


Partners have confirmed more than 200 internship spaces worth an estimated $2.5 million. Project partners are from all regions of Canada, including the Arctic, and include small- and medium-sized enterprises, larger companies and one government department.


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