- The UAV Challenge Medical Rescue – an unmanned aircraft competition that demonstrates the use of robotic aircraft for advanced medical assessment of an accident scene. It is open to adult teams from around the world. This competition is focussing on autonomy of unmanned aircraft that can fly inside buildings after flying long distances outdoors.
- UAV Challenge Airborne Delivery – an unmanned aircraft competition for high-school students from around the world that demonstrates the use of radio-controlled aircraft with novel delivery mechanisms to deliver medical payloads.
- The UAV Challenge Medical Express was an unmanned aircraft competition that demonstrated the use of robotic aircraft for medical sample retrieval and medical delivery, and was open to adult teams from around the world. This competition focussed on the autonomy of unmanned aircraft and encouraged teams to design and built new types of aircraft.
- The UAV Challenge Outback Rescue was an unmanned aircraft search and rescue competition that ran from 2007 to 2014. It saw teams from around the world compete to save lost bushwalker Outback Joe using unmanned aircraft and deliver him a life saving water bottle with a prize of $50,000. CanberraUAV claimed that prize in 2014.
The creation of the UAV Challenge Outback Rescue was a direct outcome from a workshop that Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) conducted in 2005. The workshop was called the “The Future of UAVs – Challenges and Applications in the Asia Pacific Region”
At this workshop a group of aerospace industry leaders and UAV experts got together to develop a plan which would allow growth in the Australian civil UAV industry and raise awareness of the potential civilian applications.
Involved in the overall management of the Challenge are partners from the higher education sector, research and development sector, aerospace industry, Queensland Government agencies, and local Government councils.
To contact the organisers of the UAV Challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org