About

Our Goal
The goal of the UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the utility of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) for civilian applications, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future. We do this by harnessing the ingenuity and passion of aero modellers, university students and high-school students around the world to develop novel and cost-effective solutions.
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Teams at the 2014 UAV Challenge Outback Rescue

The Competitions
Current open competitions include:
  • The UAV Challenge Medical Express – an unmanned aircraft competition that demonstrates the use of robotic aircraft for medical sample retrieval and medical delivery, and open to adult teams from around the world. This competition is focussing on autonomy of unmanned aircraft.
  • 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.
Completed Competitions:
  • 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.
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The last UAV Challenge events were held in September 2016, in Calvert and Dalby, Queensland, Australia and was organised  jointly by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and CSIRO.
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Teams and organisers at the 2016 Medical Express Challenge in Dalby, Queensland

History
The UAV Challenge Outback Rescue was originally developed to promote the significance of UAVs to Australia. The UAV Challenge has been a joint initiative between Queensland University and Technology – QUT (through its Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation) and CSIRO. CSIRO and QUT have been joined by other partners during the years including the Queensland Government, Boeing, Aviation Development Australia Limited and AUVS-Australia.

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.

Sponsorship

The UAV Challenge is sponsored each year by a collection of industry, government and research agencies.  Sponsorship opportunities exist for the events of 2017 and 2918. Please contact the organisers if you want to sponsor the UAV Challenge.

 

Contact

To contact the organisers of the UAV Challenge, please email uavchallenge@gmail.com

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