This week sees the fly-off in the IMechE's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge, to be overseen by RIN GANG members at Pershore.
The fly-off will take place at Pershore on 6-7 July. The route, designed by GANG, has been agreed and Pershore is being prepared for the big day.
The UAS Challenge asks teams of undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS, with specific mission objectives, before competing in the final fly-off. The Challenge bridges the gap between academia and industry in developing applied UAS-related activities - giving the perfect opportunity to strengthen links between industry and universities and enhancing employment opportunities for graduates in aerospace.
Undergraduate teams are involved in the design, construction, development and demonstration of a UAS with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of under 7 kg, and operating within visual line-of-sight (VLOS). The UAS must be designed to undertake a representative humanitarian aid mission - performing a series of tasks such as area search, navigating waypoints, accurately dropping payloads and returning to base via a defined route.
The list of contestants includes 16 entries from UK universities and one joint military/academic team from Egypt.
Our General Aviation Navigation Group (GANG) will be running the operations cell, providing a commentary and assessing the navigation performance of the competitors. Many lessons were learned last year and 2016 promises to be an exciting competition - with, hopefully, an improvement on the 100% crash record of 2015 . .
Further details from the IMechE link below . .