Mojave Hawks win the 2019 Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge

The 2019 UAV Challenge event concluded today in Calvert, Queensland, Australia, and the Winners of the Queensland Government Airborne Delivery Challenge were the Mojave Hawks from Pete Knight High School in California. The competition was incredibly close this year with the top four teams being separated by just 2.8 points with the winners scoring 92.4 points. Second place went to the Rescue Raccoons from Mueller College from Rothwell, Queensland. And third place went to the Wrong Brothers, a team from Marist College Ashgrove, Queensland.

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The final scores and standings

The weather was fantastic and perfect for flying. All teams competed with an excellent spirit, even when some had crashes – a few into the hurdles that are a famous part of the Airborne Delivery Challenge. The new Innovation Award went to the Wrong Brothers team for their use of robotic vision onboard their UAV. The Insitu Pacific Airmanship Award went to Canberra UAV Junior Team, for demonstrating how to come back from major technical issues, dusting themselves off and continuing to compete in a professional way.

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Insitu Pacific Airmanship Award winners Canberra UAV Junior (left) and the Innovation Award winners The Wrong Brothers (right).

The organisers of the UAV Challenge want to thanks all the teams, their teachers and mentors and their families for all their efforts in taking part in our event. A special thanks also to all the volunteers and staff that make the UAV Challenge possible.

The UAV Challenge in 2019 and 2020 is supported and sponsored by the Queensland Government, Insitu Pacific and Boeing, Northrop Grumman, the Australian Government’s Department of Defence, CASA, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems, Nova Systems and QinetiQ. It is co-organised by CSIRO’s Data61 and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).