With only 2 weeks until the UAV Outback Challenge (OBC) 2014, there is a record 20 teams from around the world ready to win the Challenge.
The OBC is a civilian UAV competition where teams must design, build and operate a UAV that is capable of finding a missing hiker and dropping a bottle of lifesaving water to them. It is held in Kingaroy (Australia) every second year and has attracted many hobbyist and university teams.
First prize is $50,000 and is yet to be claimed, giving an idea of the technical challenges involved in the OBC.
Many of the teams involved are using open source flight controllers (such as APM:Plane) and do contribute back to the community, furthering the hobbyist UAV movement.
The full list of entrants is:
As the manager of the CanberraUAV team (that were first place winners in the 2012 OBC), I'd like to offer the best of luck to all teams competing in the 2014 OBC, and we'll see you all in Kingaroy in 2 weeks!