Photo highlights reel from 2017 UAV Challenge

We are pleased to publish a photo highlights video reel from the 2017 Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge. The video was created by UAV Challenge photographer Adam Harper (QUT). Photos were taken by Adam Harper and Leslie Overs (CSIRO). As you will see from the video, the 2017 UAV Challenge was a fun filled event. We can’t wait util next year!

Joint winners of the 2017 Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge

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Cheeky Mongoz (top) and Calamvale Predators (bottom) – Joint winners

For the first time ever, we have joint winners of the high-school UAV Challenge competition – the Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge. The joint winners are Cheeky Mangoz, a team from Toowoomba Christian College and the Calamvale Predators, a team from Calamvale Community College both from Queensland. The teams will share the combined first and second prize money and will receive $3,500 each. The Cheeky Mangoz was the highest place rookie team and so they also win the Rookie Award and an additional $2,000.

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The final scores of the 2017 Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge

Both teams performed exceptionally well and in the end scored exactly the same number of points! They both managed very accurate drops that were gentle on the medical package being delivered to Outback Joe.

In third place was Air Iris from Mueller College from Rothwell, Queensland. They won $1,000. They were also the first team in Airborne Delivery Challenge history to use a winch to lower the medical package to Outback Joe.

The Insitu Pacific Airmanship Award was given to the Calamvale Predators for their professionalism and great team attitude.

Team photos will be posted in the coming weeks. The organisers would like to thank the teams for the great spirit in which they competed and the event sponsors for their continued support.

This year our Gold Sponsors were the Queensland Government, Boeing, Insitu Pacific, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Defence Science and Technology Group, and our Bronze Sponsor was The Mathworks.

The event was co-organised by Queensland University of Technology (The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision) and CSIRO’s Data61.

We could not run these events without this generous support and also the volunteer support of many others who commit many hours of their time to the UAV Challenge. Remember that the 2018 Medical Express Challenge takes place in Dalby in September 2018, along with the next Airborne Delivery Challenge. Follow all the action here!

Day 1 of the 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge

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We have just completed the first day of the 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge at Calvert, Queensland. The flying field, the weather and the teams were almost perfect today. We have ten teams competing for the first prize of $5,000. The teams attending are from Australia, USA, Malaysia and Poland.

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Queensland Acting Chief Scientist Dr Christine Williams talking to students

We were privileged to have the Queensland Acting Chief Scientist, Dr Christine Williams open the event. The Queensland Government this year are naming sponsors of the Airborne Delivery Challenge. Our other sponsors are Boeing, Insitu Pacific, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, and the Mathworks. And the event is co-organised by CSIRO | Data 61 and QUT | The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

The day started for teams with their presentations to our four great judges. The judges reported that the standard of presentations this year was excellent. The teams were then scrutineered by the UAV Challenge scrutineering team and showed off their flying and safety skills over the competition course. The scores at this stage are quite close and there is everything to fly for tomorrow.

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The progress scores at the end of Day 1

We will see teams for an 8.00am briefing tomorrow morning and then the flying competition will begin!

Queensland Government sponsor UAV Challenge and name the 2017 competition

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We are excited to announce that the Queensland Government are a Gold Sponsor for the 2017 UAV Challenge and that the high-school competition this coming week will be known as the Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge.

The Queensland Government was a foundation partner of the UAV Challenge in 2007 and have supported our events ever since. We really could not have developed the UAV Challenge into the success it has become without the Queensland Government. This year the sponsorship of the government comes from the Departments of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; Natural Resources and Mines, and Defence Industries Queensland, within the Department of State Development. The government is helping Queensland maintain its position as a major hub for aviation and aerospace activity, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Thanks to the Queensland Government!

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group sponsors the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenge events

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The UAV Challenge organisers are delighted to announce that Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group are Gold sponsors for the 2017 and 2018 series of UAV Challenge events. The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. DST Group is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. DST Group has been a past sponsor of the UAV Challenge and their continued support is very much welcomed. You can learn more about what DST Group does from their website here.

55 teams given a Go for Deliverable 1 for Medical Express 2018

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The UAV Challenge Technical Committee has now completed its reviews of the Deliverable 1 documents from teams that have entered the UAV Challenge Medical Express event that will be held in September 2018. After some clarifications from some teams, all 55 teams have been given a Go decision and progress to the next stage. Congratulations to all the teams. A complete list of the teams can be found on the 2018 Medical Express Teams page.

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision comes onboard the UAV Challenge

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The UAV Challenge has a new organising partner! The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, which is headquartered at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is now co-organising the event with others at QUT and partners at CSIRO’s Data61. The Centre is a welcome addition to our organising team.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision leads the world in the new discipline of robotic vision, applying computer vision to robotics. While robotics is about machines that interact with the physical world, computer vision is about analysing and understanding the world through images. Robotic Vision expands the capabilities of robots, allowing them to see and understand the world in which they are working. We believe it is the key technology that will allow robotics to change the way we live and work.

The Centre is already looking to apply it’s technologies to solve real challenges in the monitoring and protection of the natural and built environments, the provision of healthcare in hospitals and in the home, sustainable food production, and efficiently harnessing our natural resources.

You can read the Centre’s media statement here.