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.

54-dsc_3866.jpg?width=450More information can be found on the UAV Challenge website.

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

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    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.

  • Ah ok. They i read it the 'aircraft' was determining where to land.
  • @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.

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • This is going to be epic ...

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

  • Go Andrew Tridgell  and the Canberra team!

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