Industry Partners


The Topcat autonomous surface vessel project has developed a lot of collaboration between university researchers and industry leaders. Currently there are ongoing research projects with SAAB Australia, ASC, Thales and PMB Defence. These links between industry and academia not only help to ensure that relevant, world class research is undertaken but also allows students to get involved with real world applications earlier in their career. Providing exciting projects for students and better preparing them for the workforce.

Our Generous Sponsors

DST Group

DST Group's generous financial donation helped Topcat and Team Australis2 attend the 2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge.


SAAB Australia have donated time, money and use of facilities to this project. They are our primary industry partner and our collaboration has seen both SAAB's Bonefish USV and Topcat progress rapidly in development.

Fragment Films

Fragment Films donated time to develop promotional material for this project.


UPG have provided discounted positioning solutions for Topcat and Team Australis2.

Field Robotics Club

FRC has supported the Topcat ASV project with promotional material, equipment loans and organised student working bees.


The Flinders University Student Association helped members of Team Australis2 attend the 2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge.