Australian Centre for Robotic Vision comes onboard the UAV Challenge


The UAV Challenge has a new organising partner! The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, which is headquartered at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is now co-organising the event with others at QUT and partners at CSIRO’s Data61. The Centre is a welcome addition to our organising team.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision leads the world in the new discipline of robotic vision, applying computer vision to robotics. While robotics is about machines that interact with the physical world, computer vision is about analysing and understanding the world through images. Robotic Vision expands the capabilities of robots, allowing them to see and understand the world in which they are working. We believe it is the key technology that will allow robotics to change the way we live and work.

The Centre is already looking to apply it’s technologies to solve real challenges in the monitoring and protection of the natural and built environments, the provision of healthcare in hospitals and in the home, sustainable food production, and efficiently harnessing our natural resources.

You can read the Centre’s media statement here.

Lockheed Martin partners with UAV Challenge competition to inspire unmanned aircraft aspirants

Lockheed Martin

More exciting news from the UAV Challenge! We are delighted to announce that Lockheed Martin are Gold Sponsors for the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenge Events. Thanks so much Lockheed Martin for your continued support of our events.

Here is the Lockheed Martin Media Release.

CANBERRA, Australia, September 11, 2017 – Lockheed Martin Australia has renewed its support of the UAV Challenge with a gold sponsorship of the events for 2017 and 2018, which will see young Australians high-school and university students further their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support for the next generation of innovators.

The UAV Challenge is a global competition that aims to inspire and harness the ingenuity and passion of enthusiasts, high-school and university students from around the world to develop novel and cost-effective solutions to real-world problems. It has run since 2007 and has seen over 500 high-school students and nearly 3000 unmanned aircraft developers take part overt the past ten years.

“Lockheed Martin is a global technology leader who recognises that Australia needs a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent, and to have them on board again as a Gold sponsor of the UAV Challenge is fantastic,” Professor Jonathan Roberts, a Queensland University of Technology Professor in Robotics and one of the co-founders of the UAV Challenge said.

“We created the UAV Challenge to educate and inspire young people in STEM for real world applications such as search and rescue and medical delivery.”

Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive, Vince Di Pietro, said Lockheed Martin’s ongoing support of this event is a first-hand insight into the exciting and important STEM related activities currently engaging Australian students eyeing a future career in this rapidly advancing field.

“Technology is transforming how humans and machines work together to help make better informed decisions, expand reach and access, and increase safety and productivity. Events like the UAV Challenge are clear evidence of how inspirational STEM activities can help Lockheed Martin partner with academia and others to achieve these transformations in technology and human interaction and help shape the future.” Mr Di Pietro said.

The UAV Challenge runs as a series of events over a two-year cycle, and is open to high school students, universities and enthusiasts from around the world.

The 2017 and 2018 events comprise: The Airborne Delivery Challenge (September 26-28, 2017 and September 2018), involving high-school students responding to a hypothetical emergency situation that necessitates their delivering a life-saving medicine to @Outback_Joe, and The Medical Express Challenge (September 24-28, 2018), where entrants (enthusiasts and university students) must retrieve a medical sample from a hypothetically stranded farmer (@Outback_Joe) who’s been cut off by flood waters and urgently needs some medical analysis to be conducted.

About Lockheed Martin Australia

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin Australia and its related entities employ more than 800 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence, maritime and civil sector.

About the UAV Challenge

The UAV Challenge is a global UAV competition that is co-organised by Queensland University of Technology (QUT)|The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and DATA61|CSIRO. In its eleventh year of running, the competition has seen over 500 teams compete, with more than 3000 team members in that time. It has greatly influenced the development of three of the most widely used low-cost autopilots (APM:Plane, PX4 and Paparazzi), and encouraged the development and commercialization of components such as the RFD900 communications modem and the Millswood Engineering failsafe flight termination device.

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483 people currently competing in Medical Express 2018


The deadline for submitting the Deliverable 1 document for the 2018 Medical Express Challenge has now past. A total of 55 teams from 19 countries have submitted documents. These 55 teams collectively contain 483 team members. The UAV Challenge Technical Committee will be busy over the next few weeks reviewing the documents. The team/country breakdown is as follows: Australia (15), Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, France & USA (joint team), India (8), Kenya (2), Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland (6), Spain, Thailand (3), Turkey, UAE, UK and USA (8).

Insitu Pacific and Boeing sponsor the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenges


The UAV Challenge organisers are delighted to announce that Insitu Pacific and Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia)  are Gold Sponsors of the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenge events. Boeing and Insitu Pacific were foundation partners and later sponsors of the UAV Challenge series of event. They have provided considerable technical input into the UAV Challenge over the years and run STEM activities for the high-school students during the competition days. Insitu Pacific also sponsor the Airmanship Awards at the UAV Challenge. We are extremely grateful for their continued support.

Northrop Grumman sponsors the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenges

northrop-grumman-2017.jpgThe UAV Challenge organisers are delighted to announce that Northrop Grumman are Gold Sponsors of the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenge events. Northrop Grumman have been a key supporter of the UAV Challenge and their continued support is great to see. As a leading producer of unmanned systems, Northrop Grumman supports multiple education initiatives designed to create interest and opportunities for students from around the world to learn more about engineering, science and math that makes these technologies possible. Learn more about the company’s innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization at

MathWorks sponsors the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenges

mathworks-titleThe UAV Challenge is delighted to announce that MathWorks is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 UAV Challenge events. MathWorks has been a frequent sponsor of the UAV Challenge events over the past ten years and is now firmly part of the UAV Challenge family. MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

27 teams from 9 countries register for 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge


The UAV Challenge organisers are delighted to report that 27 teams have registered to take part in the 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge. The teams come from nine different countries including Australia, China, Turkey, Poland, Greece, Denmark, USA, India and Malaysia. Only 20 teams will be selected to take part in the competition in Queensland, Australia in September. The Airborne Delivery Challenge is open to high-school age students from around the world. The next deadline for registered teams is the submission of their technical reports and videos.