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of Autonomy

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  • 1978


Generations of autonomy

  • IVF Introduced

    The first successful birth of a child after IVF treatment, Louise Brown, occurred in 1978.

    It has been estimated that over five million children have been born using IVF and other assisted reproduction techniques worldwide.

    In the same Year

    Hovering Rocket

    Hovering rocket capability development started at the Government Aircraft Factories in collaboration with DSTO.

  • Winnin

    Development of Nulka Systems and hovering rocket vehicle: this forms the basis of all future developments.

    In the same Year

    Macintosh computer debuted

    The Macintosh 128K, originally released as the Apple Macintosh, is the original Apple Macintosh personal computer. Its beige case consisted of a 9 inch (23 cm) CRT monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse.

  • Hubble Space Telescope

    Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope into operation exploring deep space.

    In the same Year


    BAE Systems becomes prime contractor for Nulka which leveraged the Winnin hovering rocket technology to create an autonomous off-board decoy system.

  • World Wide Web created

    English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser computer program in 1990.

    The first web browser was released in 1991, first to other research institutions and then to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.


    Continuous Nulka development. We have delivered over 1,400 Nulka rounds since the late 1990's.

  • Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

    Autonomous system integrated with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

    In the same Year


    The original PlayStation was released in Japan, before the wider launch internationally.

    The company shipped more than 100 million units.

  • Windows 98 operating system launched

    The infamous startup sound of Windows 98 was created by the Microsoft sound engineer Ken Kato.

    In the same Year


    Expansion of autonomous systems with the integration on first air platform.

  • GPS opened for civilian use

    The GPS system does not require the user to transmit any data, and it operates independently of any telephonic or internet reception, though these technologies can enhance the usefulness of the GPS positioning information.

    Technology improvements

    Continuous technology development and trials as the scope of the autonomy provided into unmanned aerial and ground vehicles is more than double that which is in a missile guidance and control system.

  • Kingfisher UAV

    Demonstrated significant advances in autonomy with navigation without GPS.

    In the same Year


    Originally developed as a wireless alternative for headphone cables, the technology was invented by Ericsson Mobile in Sweden.

  • Multi Unmanned Flights

    Demonstrated multi-unmanned aerial vehicle missions.

    In the same Year

    Toyota launch first hybrid car

    Initially offered as a 4-door sedan, it has been produced only as a 5-door hatchback since 2003.

  • YouTube Launched

    Me at the zoo is the first-ever video that was uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded on 23 April 2005.

    In the same Year

    Unmanned air & ground vehicles perform cooperative trial

    Demonstrated integration of autonomous air and ground vehicles to perform collaborative missions.

  • Hypersonics

    Hypersonics research and technology program commences: BAE Systems Australia sign strategic alliance with DST Group.

    Hypersonic Research

    Hypersonic flight is flight through the atmosphere at speeds above Mach 5.5, or more than five times the speed of sound.

    In the same Year

    Google Street View

    Launched in several cities in the United States it is now available worldwide. Data is captured with cameras mounted on vehicles, tricycles, snowmobiles, boats, backpacks and even camels.

  • Apple App Store Launched

    The App Store opened with an initial 500 applications available, within the first week it already had more than 10 million apps downloaded.

    In the same Year

    Demonstrated the benefits of our highly accurate autonomous guidance, navigation and control techniques in support of counter-IED operations Afghanistan.

  • Microsoft Launched Kinect

    The first major launch of a motion detection console for gaming. The device has was designed to work with the Xbox 360 to help boarded the appeal of gaming consoles.

    In the same Year

    Demonstrated fully autonomous take-off and landing including emergency landing solutions.

  • Hypersonic Trials

    Hypersonic flight trials commence to prove technology.

    The program involves up to 10 flight experiments to further the fundamental scientific understanding of hypersonic flight, including related technologies in propulsion, combustion, materials, sensors, guidance and control.

    The knowledge gained from these trials will be applied to test advanced air-breathing hypersonic propulsion engines, scramjets.

    In the same Year

    Audi e-tron wins Le Mans

    Audi introduced an evolution of the original car, the R18 ultra, and the R18 e-tron quattro which won Le Mans.

  • Taranis

    First Taranis flight trials using BAE Systems Australia's autonomous solutions.

    Taranis demonstrates an unmanned air system which, under the control of a human operator, is capable of undertaking sustained surveillance, marking targets, gathering intelligence, deterring adversaries and carrying out strikes in hostile territory.

    In the same Year

    Atlas Humanoid debuts

    The 1.8-meter robot is designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks, and was unveiled to the public on 11 July 2013.

  • Encouraging continuous technology advancements

    We keep investing in and advancing technology to help our customers stay ahead. Cutting edge technology is at the heart of delivering the essential edge.

    Continuous research and development

    We've invested $268m AUD over five years.