Launched in 2014 with the key objectives of developing professional engineers and inspiring the next generation, the Challenge is now a highly anticipated event attracting teams from across the UK and around the world. Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in October, ending with a final event in June the following year.
Teams of undergraduates from all over the world take part in the Challenge. They undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS with a maximum take off mass of 10kg to undertake specific mission objectives. The system will be required to operate automatically, performing a series of tasks such as area search, navigating waypoints, accurately dropping the Aid Package and returning to base via a defined route. The competition is split into design, development and demonstration stages and culminates with the flying demonstration and business case presentations which contribute to final scoring.