Over 60 Deliverable 1 documents received for the 2016 Outback Challange

The deadline has now passed for submitting Deliverable 1 documents to the 2016 UAV Challenge Medical Express. We received 64 D1 documents from teams from all over the world. The Technical Committee will now get to work reading through the documents and assessing teams for the Go/No-Go decision. This process is likely to take 2-3 weeks.

More information can be found on the UAV Challenge website.

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Comment by John Dennings on September 3, 2015 at 11:15am

Go Andrew Tridgell  and the Canberra team!

Comment by John Dennings on September 3, 2015 at 11:24am

This is going to be epic ...

And possibly one of the most significant events in the next year pushing "drone" technology forward.

Comment by Jason McCarthy on September 4, 2015 at 2:18am
Wow exciting stuff. I would love yo hear how teams are planning to autonomously find a clear landing area. That sounds like some cool tech!
Comment by JB on September 4, 2015 at 3:07am

A fair few less than last time. I'd say that's because a lot of teams would have capitulated at the range and velocity requirements to get there, land VTOL/STOL, and doing up to 60km in under an hour. It's no small feat. That's why it's more of an airframe challenge I suppose.

@ Jason  

There are no points for autonomously finding a clearing or Joe in the landing area. The points are for autonomous landing-takeoff, landing proximity to Joe, and Joe location accuracy of which both can be determined manually without penalty, provided the aircraft lands/takeoff automatically.

Comment by Joshua on September 4, 2015 at 3:12am

@Jason - I'm the project manager for one of the competing teams (though I'm handing over to someone else / leaving soon); the rules don't actually require you to autonomously find a clear landing area, and so my team will be assessing potential landing zones via relayed imagery.

What must be autonomous is the flying and the landing / takeoff maneuvers at the remote landing site. We (like several or many other teams apparently) are going to achieve the latter simply by utilising a VTOL hybrid fixed wing / quadcopter design.

To minimise weight on our VTOL, we're utilising a support aircraft (a modified Mugin) which will act as a communications relay and imaging platform.

Comment by Jason McCarthy on September 4, 2015 at 3:15am
Ah ok. They i read it the 'aircraft' was determining where to land.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 4, 2015 at 11:07am

This has been the best RPAS competition in the world bar none for years. I bet it won't take as long to win as the last one but I would also lay a bet that nobody will do it first time out.

Comment by Eli Agronov on September 4, 2015 at 2:54pm

I like the design of the plane shown in the picture.
I wonder, are there somewhere shared designs?

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