Institute for Future

Da Vinci Precinct

Our award-winning Da Vinci research facility is architecturally designed and purpose built to meet the unique needs of researchers engaging in aerospace automation activities. Based at Brisbane Airport, it includes an aircraft simulation and testing laboratory, avionics development area, general workshop, indoor flying area, general workshop and open-plan office space.

Thanks to unique flight test capabilities and access to leading technology, our researchers have the exclusive ability to translate concepts from paper to flight-tested reality.
The Da Vinci Precinct is the operations base for the Research Engineering Facility.

Equipment and facilites

Key equipment at the Da Vinci Precinct includes:

  • an indoor flying laboratory, equipped with a Vicon camera system for research into collision avoidance, vision-based navigation and human factors
  • a real-time data feed from The Australian Advanced Air Traffic Systems (TAAATS) allowing researchers to operate using real traffic networks
  • unmanned aerial systems (UAVs), including fixed wing (Flamingo, Cyber Eye II) and multirotor (s800, Phantom 3) models
  • a suite of high-end sensors, including hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal cameras, large-format digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs), particle counters and air quality sensors
  • a mobile operating centre that allows deployment of people and assets to remote and often inhospitable locations.


Da Vinci Precinct

  • 22-24 Boronia Rd
    Brisbane Airport QLD 4008