The UAV Challenge Technical Committee has reviewed the Deliverable 3 documents and videos and today have sent their decisions to the teams. Eleven teams are still in the competition. Eight of those received Go decisions with the technical committee still clarifying some points with three teams. Two teams were given No-Go decisions. The eleven teams come from Australia, Poland, India, Thailand, The Netherlands and Canada. The Technical Committee are excited by the quality of the teams progressing and look forward to an excellent competition in Dalby.
We are excited to announce that the Western Downs Regional Council have organised a fantastic one day industry forum called “Turning the Drone Opportunity into Reality” to be held on the Monday 26 September (UAV Challenge Medical Express week) in Dalby. The program is excellent and is filled with great speakers. If you are planning to come to the Medical Express event, then please consider attending the industry forum too. Full details, including the list of speakers and topics, can be found here: http://bit.ly/2aR0u5L
The UAV Challenge organisers are excited to announce that Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) are Silver sponsors for the 2016 UAV Challenge. CASA provides a world class safety regulatory environment for civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. CASA’s challenge is to enhance and promote aviation safety through effective safety regulation and by encouraging industry to deliver high standards of safety. As part of this function CASA provides comprehensive safety education and training programs, cooperates with other government agencies and the industry, and administers certain features of Part IVA of the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959. CASA has been a supporter of the UAV Challenge for many years now and it is wonderful to have their continued support.
We are very pleased to announce that we have received 38 team registrations for the 2016 Airborne Delivery Challenge. This is a record for the UAV Challenge! The Airborne Delivery Challenge is open to high-school aged students from around the world. Only the top twenty teams will qualify, and their technical report and video is due on August 18. We can’t wait to read all the entries. The teams that have registered are from Australia, USA, China, Puerto Rico, Egypt, India and Pakistan. The event will take place in Calvert, near Ipswich Queensland September 20-21.
The UAV Challenge is pleased to announce that the Western Downs Regional Council is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2016 UAV Challenge. The 2016 Medical Express event will be held close to the Western Downs town of Dalby. The Western Downs region is located three hours drive west of Brisbane. It is a region rich with agricultural heritage and industry, manufacturing and resource industries. The region is also home to a number of iconic attractions and destinations, hosting vibrant and distinct festivals that capture our living history and country ambience. It is great to have the council supporting the first Medical Express event.
The UAV Challenge is delighted to announce that MathWorks is a Silver Sponsor of the 2016 UAV Challenge. MathWorks has been a frequent sponsor of the UAV Challenge events over the past ten years. MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.
The UAV Challenge is excited to announce that Little Ripper Lifesaver is a Silver Sponsor of the 2016 UAV Challenge. Little Ripper Lifesaver Pty Ltd is a special purpose company specifically established to deploy state of the art UAVs and related vision and sensing technologies to materially enhance and broaden existing search and rescue services in the saving of lives. In the testing and development of these breakthrough technologies, little Ripper Lifesaver has received generous sponsorship support from the Westpac Banking Corporation. It has also developed collaborative partnerships with a range of leaders in this sector, including Telstra, Intel, Surf Life Saving NSW, University of Technology Sydney, SOS Marine, Schiller Australia, Shark Shield, and Precision Autonomy.