2018 is going to be a tremendous year as Monash UAS will be participating in the 2018 UAV Challenge Medical express!
The challenge will be taken place in Dalby, Queensland and involves an aircraft to autonomously navigate and locate the landing site, retrieve a blood sample as well as fly back to base. Although simple, the task at hand relies on a range of operations such as vertical take-off and landings, independent navigation, ensuring sufficient power supply and braving the tough Australian weather just to name a few.
This competition really pushes the boundaries of unmanned aircraft and highlights the practicality of using drones to be able to save lives, particularly in the outback where most forms of transport fail.
Monash UAS is also a step closer to the competition by passing the first deliverable along with 55 other teams with many of them from other countries.
Being the only undergraduate university team competing internationally, this is a remarkable success and will only outshine the milestones achieved in the future. With a great team and the right resources, Monash UAS will be a very serious competitor in this year’s UAV Challenge Medical express!
Over the 2nd-5th March weekend, Monash UAS made the drive out to Avalon Airport for the 2017 Avalon Airshow. The Avalon Airshow is hosted every two years and is an opportunity for aircraft enthusiasts from all over the world to come together to see and discuss aircraft and associated technologies. There were dazzling displays of flight formations and manoeuvres by the world’s top pilots. As well as the flight displays there are private jets, small aircraft, commercial aircraft and military aircraft on display on the ground. Inside the trade halls over 600 industries were represented to demonstrate their advances in technology and research. Prior to the public days, Avalon was open for industries and students to
network and explore opportunities for collaboration.
This year marks the first time the team was able to open our own stall to showcase our 2016 competition aircraft for the industries and the public to see. We were situated inside the Drone Showcase among other companies and universities involved in the drone community. Our 2016 competition mainframe was on display as well as the 2014 model. The team answered hundreds of questions about the competition and what we do allowing us to inform the public about the construction of the aircraft and what it can do. Hobbyists were thoroughly interested in our control systems and the potential uses of our aircraft.
Monash UAS made many contacts with industries, potential sponsors and interested individuals that we’ll be exploring in the next few weeks. Having such contacts will help us to improve our manufacturing, programming and piloting capabilities in the next year.
Monash UAS has officially passed Deliverable 1, the first hurdle on the road to the 2016 UAV Challenge!
This is just the first step in what is sure to be a long and rewarding journey. Congratulations to everyone that passed and commiserations to those who did not.
See the full article published by the UAV Challenge here: http://uavchallenge.org/2015/09/21/59-go-decisions-for-medical-express-deliverable-1/
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