Competition News

Event Details

  • The next event will take place 20-22 September 2016
  • The event will be held at Calvert Radio Aero Modellers Society flying field, Bourke’s Road West, Calvert (approximately 25 km west of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia).
  • Regististration for this event has now closed.

Who can take part?

The Airborne Delivery Challenge is open to high-school age students from around the world. Registration has now closed.

UAV Challenge Airborne Delivery

Outback Joe has made an emergency mobile phone call to advise that he is is suffering an allergic reaction and needs urgent medical assistance.  Teams are invited to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver an Epipen as close as possible to Outback Joe so that he can treat his anaphylaxis immediately while medical aid travels to reach him. The UAV Controller (the team’s pilot) will remotely control the aircraft.

The aircraft must be manoeuvred such that it will pass directly overhead the two hurdles that are laid out on the course. The dropping of the medical package can be triggered either Remotely by the team’s Mission Manager or Autonomously by systems on board the aircraft. The Mission Manager will NOT be able to see Outback Joe or the aircraft during the flying element of the competition




Entrants will be required to submit a technical report which outlines their design, methodology for package deployment and operational and safety procedures. An oral presentation of the technical report information is also required and will be judged along with the other deliverables.


Points will be awarded based on the mission performance including the accuracy of the drop, levels of autonomy, technical documentation, and the team performance in an oral presentation.


A First and Runner-up prize will be awarded for each competition (Airborne Delivery and Robotic Delivery):

  • First Place AUD$5,000
  • Second Place AUD$2,000
  • Third Place AUD$1,000
  • First Placed Rookie Team: AUD$2,000


  • July 20: Team registration deadline
  • August 18: Technical report and video due
  • August 24: Go/No-Go decision
  • September 20: Event begins
    • Tue September 20 – Day 1 of Airborne Delivery Challenge (scrutineering and team presentations)
    • Wed September 21 – Day 2 (competition flights of teams)
    • Thu September 22 – Day 3 (a contingency day for bad weather events)

Register a team

You can register your team now using this registration form.

Rules document

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