Competition News

  • The 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge is announced for 26th to 27th September 2017
  • Version 1 of the Rules was published (20 March 2017)

Who can take part?

The 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge is open to high-school age students from around the world.

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 are awarded based on the mission performance including the accuracy of the drop, the time taken to make the drop, levels of autonomy, technical documentation, and the team performance in an oral presentation.


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

Event Location

The location for the UAV Challenge Airborne Delivery 2017 flying event is the Calvert Radio Aero Modellers Society flying field, Bourke’s Road West, Calvert, approximately 25 km west of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

Key Dates

  • Team Registration – 26th July 2017
  • Technical Report and Video submission – 23rd August 2017
  • Go/No-Go announcements – 30th August 2017
  • UAV Challenge event – 26-27th September 2017
    • Adverse weather day – 28th September 2017

Rules document

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