The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation has announced the second year of its amateur UAV contest, called the Outback Challenge
, which will be held on the 23rd-24th September 2008, in Kingaroy, Queensland. There are three categories:
1) A remote operation challenge (fly by video downlink only) that's only open the Australian High School students
2) A autonomous UAV target spotting and package delivery challenge (find a dummy representing a lost hiker and drop a water bottle) that's open to anyone.
3) A documentary filmmaking challenge for any of the above teams to make a short video about their entry.
Last year the contest was won by a California team from Dionysus Design
, although no teams actually finished the challenge (wrap-up video here
). This year the competition is sure to be much tougher. Entry forms will be available next month.