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  • Conservation from above - aerial image of dry landscape and truck
  • See the world in a different light - thermal aerial image of burrows created by small animals called bettongs
  • Access the technology - a remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as a drone
  • Discover the possibilities - aerial image of dry landscape

Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility

Adelaide Drone Hub

The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) is The University of Adelaide’s ‘drone hub’.

The facility provides the organisational infrastructure concerning the use of unmanned aircraft, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), for a wide range of environmental and agricultural applications. It also serves as the central body for fostering partnerships and interactions related to RPAS applications between students, researchers, natural resource managers and industry partners throughout South Australia.

The URAF holds the University's RPAS Operator's Certificate (ReOC) for compliant RPAS operations. Functioning as the technical and legislative knowledge base for all RPAS activities involving the University or its grounds.

We are also the first and only university in Australia to be a civil aviation-certified RPAS training facility. Offering a commercial drone course leading to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) as well as ad hoc training tailored to suit your team’s individual needs.

To be updated on our latest activities, please subscribe to our Facebook page. For more information about the Facility, please contact Professor Lian Pin Koh (

Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility

Room 309
Level 3 Oliphant Building
North Terrace Campus


T: +61 8 831 32795