Students interested in joining future Monash UAS teams should contact the current team. Members are exposed to a range of practical skills from soldering to safely using power tools, as well as experience in applying theory to practical applications. These skills are valuable additions to the skills of engineering graduates.
In 2016 we focused primarily on the UAV Challenge Medical Express. With the rules released in late 2015, the team developed a hybrid aircraft that is capable of conventional flight and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Aerostructures modified and reinforced a foam aircraft to be capable of hybrid flight. The Flight Operations section was tasked with understanding the flight dynamics and transitioning between the two flight modes. The Avionics section was working on image recognition, spatial awareness algorithms and long range communications systems. After successfully passing all deliverables, the team went to Delby to compete in the 2016 UAV Challenge along with 9 other teams from around the world. The Team is proud to have been placed sixth out of the original 64 teams that entered the competition and becoming the highest ranking Australian university team.
2015 was a great year of development for the Monash UAS team. Many experienced team members left at the end of the 2014 UAV Challenge so we had the new goal of bringing up our level of experience. This included lots of flight training, both with fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft, small construction projects and working on code based avionics projects.
The rules for the 2016 UAV Challenge were released in latter half of the year which gave the team a new focus moving in to 2016.
Almost doubling in size from 18 people in 2013 to 30 current members, we've had a remarkable amount of success in the construction and trialing of our current airframe for the 2014 competition. As one of the only teams to design and construct an airframe at the 2014 UAV Challenge, our aircraft was a definite standout along with our technical report. We finished the competition as the highest placed Australian university and the only undergraduate team to compete in Kingaroy.
The 2013 team, consisting of 18 students split across: Construction, Onboard Systems, and Flight Operations. Under the guidance of team leader Mark Warren, the team has successfully submitted the first deliverable, and has been taking great strides in preparing for the Outback Challenge in 2014.
In 2012 the team has grown to include 16 final year students and several lower year level students to support the team and contribute to the future of Monash UAS. The team, led by Adrian Wee, continues to be divided into three teams, which have been renamed and slightly restructured to become Flight Performance, Airframe and Onboard Systems
The Monash UAS team was formed in 2011, with 12 students undertaking final year projects. The team was led by Michael Condello and divided into three main groups: payload, airframe and autopilot.