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Support to the A45 Heron RPA

Support to the A45 Heron RPA

In late 2010/early 2011 Nova provided support to Air Force and DMO in developing all the artefacts necessary to support an application for issue of a UASOP for Heron RPA training operations from Woomera, the first time a military UAS would be used operationally in Australia.  As part of this work, and for the first time in the ADF, Nova developed methodologies to implement the “Safety Target” approach to make estimates on the levels of risk associated with the conduct of these operations.

The results enabled the RAAF to commence and expand Heron operations from various locations in Australia. Nova has continued to support CASG and RAAF to expand Heron operations to Rockhampton Airport in support of Pitch Black 2015 and operations from RAAF Base Amberley. Nova continues to support Defence in the sustainment of the Heron UAS as a way of maturing our skills to prepare for the introduction of future UAS capabilities.

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Nova Systems – Support to the A45 Heron RPA

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Jeff Perry

General Manager – Aerospace & Surveillance

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team ...

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Jon Couldrick

Program Manager - Fixed Wing

Jon is an experience Program and Engineering Manager having worked on various complex projects...

Jon is an experience Program and Engineering Manager having worked on various complex projects ranging from researching autonomous systems, developing software products through to introducing aircraft into operational service. With over 18 years’ experience across university, energy, transport and Defence sectors: Jon has worked across the entire Capability Lifecyle.

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Rodrigo Osorio

General Manager - Capability & Innovation

Rodrigo is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18...

Rodrigo is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the procurement, integration and management of complex and safety critical aerospace systems. Rodrigo has worked on several major  acquisition projects for the Australian Department of Defence.

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