And the finalists are.....

Congratulations to the eight finalists of the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019!

The finalists are:

Christ’s College

The Christ’s College school team, based in central Christchurch, are creating a solution to measure flow rates in Canterbury’s braided rivers using satellite imaging systems, which could also be used for smaller unmetered rivers.


Drones Technologies NZ Ltd

Based in Taranaki, Drones Technologies NZ Ltd are focused on creating a near real-time model of water health along river corridors, accessible to research partners and the public.


Kea Aerospace

This Christchurch-based company is building a small-scale version of their unmanned high-altitude solar aircraft, capable of capturing high-quality and cost-effective image data to measure soil and water pollution, as well as a raft of other uses.



With experience in remote sensing and an understanding of client’s environmental requirements, Landpro will deliver interactive software that uses data from multiple sources and runs spatial models for analysis. The Cromwell-based team have focused on suspended sediment produced from agriculture, and how it affects water quality.


Lincoln University

Based at Canterbury’s Lincoln University, this team is developing an app to optimise fertiliser application on dairy farms, using thermal imaging and satellite data to recommend to farmers an optimum application rate.



The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) team draws on the institute’s wide expertise, and satellite and unmanned aircraft data, to create a user-friendly system to describe a dynamic field-scale nutrient balance and inform targeted pollution mitigation.



Samplair, a start-up of mainly university students, is developing a long-range drone service for fast and cost-effective physical soil and water sampling.



A developer of visual geoscience and modelling software, Seequent is developing a cloud-based and global remote sensing solution for monitoring lake water health.

Come and see the finalists

The eight finalists will be pitching thier solution at a Pitchfest event on Friday 18 October and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the awards event on the same day.

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