Day 1 of Medical Express 2016

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Day 1 of the UAV Challenge Medical Express 2016 is over and what a great day it was. At the end of the day, eight of the ten teams have passed their scrutineering. Unfortunately, MelAvio had a failure on their main aircraft during testing yesterday and cannot continue in the Challenge. ArsNumerica-JetStream will be scrutineered tomorrow now that their unmanned aircraft has been released by Australian Customs. This means that at least eight teams will be permitted to attempt the blood retrieval mission tomorrow, and help out Outback Joe. The running order of the teams is as follows:

  1. Forward Robotics
  2. ISAAC UAV
  3. West Coast UAV
  4. UNSW Canberra UAV Team
  5. PerthUAV
  6. MAVLab TU Delft
  7. Monash UAS
  8. CanberraUAV
  9. ArsNumerica-JetStream (assuming they pass scrutineering)

A reminder that teams have 15 minutes of set up time, one hour of permitted mission flight time and a further 15 minutes of pack down time. The weather forecast for tomorrow is good (BOM: Mostly sunny. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the evening then becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening).

Important information for tomorrow (Wednesday): Teams must attend the Team Briefing at 7am at the Base tent. Staff must attend the Staff Briefing at 6:30am at the Base tent. Flying will begin as soon as the range safety personnel are in their locations and the Range Safety Officer gives the go ahead.

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