Deliverable 3 decisions for Medical Express 2018

ME-qualifiersThe UAV Challenge Technical Committee has reviewed the Deliverable 3 documents and videos and today have sent their decisions to the teams. Thirteen teams are still in the competition with all of those teams receiving Go decisions by the Technical Committee. This is a record number of teams passing the D3 milestone. Three teams were given No-Go decisions. The teams that qualified come from Australia (3), Poland (3), Thailand (2), The Netherlands, Canada, India, Pakistan and China.

The list of teams (In alphabetical order) is as follows:

CanberraUAV (Australia)
DHAKSHA (India)
Forward Robotics (Canada)
GHC UAV Club (China)
Griffin UAV (Thailand)
High Flyers (Poland)
ISAAC UAV (Thailand)
JetStream (Poland)
LUMS UAV (Pakistan)
MAVlab TUDelft (Netherlands)
MelAvio (Poland)
Monash UAS (Australia)
West Coast UAV (Australia)

The Technical Committee are excited by the quality of the teams progressing and look forward to an excellent competition in Dalby.

National Drone Safety Forum at WoDC 2018

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Presentation and panel discussion. Left to right: Julieanne Alroe (Chair of Infrastructure Australia), Jonathan Roberts (QUT), Scott Duffy (Civil Aviation Safety Authority). Photos: QUT

The National Drone Safety Forum (Australia) took place today at the 2018 World of Drones Congress event in Brisbane, Australia. The first talk of the day was titled Safe Flying at the UAV Challenge and was given by UAV Challenge Head Judge, Jonathan Roberts. Other  talks in the session included Harmonizing the Global Aviation Regulatory Environment by David Hansell (Facebook), and Drone issues and Airports by Julieanne Alroe (Chair of Infrastructure Australia). This was followed by a Q&A session that included Scott Duffy (Civil Aviation Safety Authority). The UAV Challenge is very grateful to the organisers of the World of Drones Congress for the opportunity to speak.

Queensland Drone Strategy features the UAV Challenge

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The Queensland Government in Australia today released their Drone Strategy. Very pleasingly, the UAV Challenge Medical Express is featured on the front cover (the MAVLab Delftacopter from TUDelft that competed in the 2016 Medical Express Challenge) with other mentions through the document. The Queensland Government have been a sponsor and supporter of the UAV Challenge since the very first event in 2007. It is wonderful to see the UAV Challenge having such a positive impact. You can download the full Drone Strategy document here.

Dalby Drone Industry Forum at the UAV Challenge

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We are excited to announce that the Western Downs Regional Council along with the Queensland Government have organised a one day industry forum to be held on the Monday 24 September (UAV Challenge week) in Dalby. The inaugural forum in 2016 attracted hundreds of people from around the country for an insider’s look into the fast-paced world of drone technology and development. UAV Challenge is a supporter of this free event. If you are planning to come to the UAV Challenge, then please consider attending the industry forum too. Full details, including the list of speakers and topics, can be found here https://bit.ly/2OeLqCd

World of Drones Congress 2018

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The World of Drones Congress 2018 takes place next week in Brisbane, Australia. The inaugural World of Drones event (WoDC 2017) was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in 2017. Over 630 delegates from across the Asia Pacific and beyond attended. The program included the launch of Australia’s very first state-wide Drones Strategy by the Premier of Queensland and the first Australian National Drone Safety Forum.

This year, UAV Challenge co-creator and Head Judge, Jonathan Roberts, will be talking about Safe flying at the UAV Challenge competition, as part of the National Drone Safety Forum on Friday 10 August at 9am.

You can see the full program here.

Deliverable 2 decisions for Medical Express 2018

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The UAV Challenge Technical Committee has reviewed the Deliverable 2 documents and videos and are pleased to announce that twenty-one (21) teams were awarded a Go decision for their Deliverable 2 documentation and video(s). The list of teams (In alphabetical order) is as follows:

Aerial Robotics Club at NC State University (USA)
CanberraUAV (Australia)
Cybirds (USA)
DHAKSHA (India)
EMU UAV (Australia)
Forward Robotics (Canada)
GHC UAV Club (China)
Griffin UAV (Thailand)
High Flyers (Poland)
ICARUS (UAE)
ISAAC UAV (Thailand)
JetStream (Poland)
LUMS UAV (Pakistan)
MAVlab TUDelft (Netherlands)
MelAvio (Poland)
Monash UAS (Australia)
Peak UAV (Australia)
Pegasus (Thailand)
PerthUAV (Australia)
RhinoHawk UAV (USA)
West Coast UAV (Australia)

The Technical Committee are excited by the high-quality of the submissions and the positive attitude of the teams. The Committee looks forward to receiving Deliverable 3 documents on August 8. Good luck to the teams as they continue their development and testing.