The Outback Challenge is over for this year. Bring on 2011.
I’m going to add the documentary entries as they arrive and any other information I can find to try and make this as complete a record as possible of the 2010 event.
Starts Monday 27th September 2010, flying starts on Tuesday 28th.
28th Sept 2010 Update story here
A big thanks to Max for being there to stream the happenings.
Max Jerkic’s live transmissions from the event
The Challenges and those teams that are through…
Search and Rescue Challenge
Outback Joe is lost in the Australian outback and desperately needs assistance. You must develop a UAV that is capable of locating Outback Joe and delivering an emergency package to him.
Where’s Outback Joe?
Your system must be capable of searching an area of at least 2nm x 2nm, up to 5nm from the aerodrome. The target for your search will be a human (or dummy) positioned in a typical resting pose in a rural setting.
The GPS coordinates representing the four corners of the search area will be provided in the days leading up to the competition. The air vehicle must not travel outside of the search area or transit lane, for its flight will be terminated if it does so. The search area will be not more that 5nm from the aerodrome.
Over a 60 minute period, teams must deploy their air vehicle systems and conduct the search. Once the search has been conducted a decision must be made as to where Outback Joe is located. A GPS coordinate, representing Outback Joe’s location, must be provided to the judges.
Rescue Outback Joe!
Once Joe has been located with the judges’ approval, the air vehicle must be tasked with delivering its emergency package. The emergency package will contain 500ml of ‘life saving’ water. The package must be dropped as closely as possible to Outback Joe, without landing on him. The UAV will then return to the Kingaroy airport for recovery.
The Documentary Entry
You will need a password for that one:- 0p3nU4Sv13w
University of Sydney UAV Team
The winning documentary entry
Team Robota did well getting out to the search area but had a communications failure which forced a flight abort. Their airframe could be used again.
Steinhorst Eduardo Damasceno – Pilot, designer and developer of hardwareand software shipped.
Flavio de Oliveira Stutz – Designer and developer of control systems, navigation and groundstation.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering
Follow their blog, set up the day before they left for the competition http://unduav.blogspot.com
The winning flight.
Airborne Delivery Challenge
An emergency package (shape and size specified in rules) will be made available to competing teams, for use on the day of the competition.
Participants must develop an airborne delivery system that can deliver this package to a lost bushwalker.
The airborne vehicle will be remotely controlled by a human operator, known as the “UAV controller”.
On the test day, two hurdles will map out the course. The pilot must ensure that the UAV flies above these hurdles. The target zone will appear between the hurdles.
The delivery of the payload will be controlled by a human operator, known as the mission manager. The mission manager’s zone will be marked on the test day and will be a 2m x 2m square. The mission manager and associated equipment must be located within this square at all times during the mission. The mission manager’s area will be enclosed with a barricade around the edges and covered from the top for safety. The mission manager will NOT be able to see the target zone during the competition and will NOT be able to communicate with the UAV controller during the drop sequence. The control of the delivery mechanism must be made by the mission manager, independently of the actions of the UAV controller. The mission manager must remotely deploy the package such that it lands in the centre of the target zone.
Points will be awarded based on the time required to complete the mission and the proximity of the package to the target. A total of three drops will be allowed in 20 minutes. The participant’s best result will be used for judging.
The Guardians Aviation High
Wings Above Aviation High
RDHA Perpetual Motion Squad
Better luck next time
Persian Gulf UAV
They say there going….
Perhaps next time.