The drone constructed by the team of High Flyers from the Silesian University of Technology won the 5th place in the international UAV Challenge Medical Express competition, which took place from 24 to 28 September in Australia, in the town of Dalby. The team from the Silesian University of Technology proved to be the best of all Polish and European teams! Congratulations!
The main goal of the competition was to design and build an unmanned aircraft that had to carry out an exploration and rescue mission in the middle of nowhere in Australia. The goal of the mission was to transport a patient's blood sample in the most autonomous way from a distant farm to the laboratory. During the rescue mission, the drone had to fly from base to farm and back, covering a distance of 44,5 km, avoiding at the same time, forbidden areas that can be defined as high buildings or other moving unmanned objects.
After three stages of qualification, 11 teams from among 55 teams from around the world took part in the final round.
- After the first day of the competition, including a detailed technical check-up and presentation, our team occupied a high third place. After three days of competition flights, it turned out that the difficulty level of the mission was so high that none of the teams performed the whole task in full autonomy. Finally, Monash UAS from Australia won the general classification and our team got the high 5th place. It was the highest place among Polish and European teams competing in this year's competition - says the captain of the High Flyers team Zbigniew Gorol.
UAV Challenge Medical Express is one of the most well-known and prestigious competitions in the field of autonomously controlled unmanned flying systems, which is organized by the University of Queensland and the Australian Institute for Research and Development. The importance of the competition can be demonstrated by the group of institutions and companies supporting the competition: Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Insitu Pacific, MathWorks and the Department of Defense of Australia.
Participation in the competition is one of the elements of the project titled: "A system of autonomous flying platforms dedicated to rapid response tasks" carried out under the guidance of supervisors of the High Flyers student association: PhD Eng. Roman Czyba and PhD Eng. Marcin Lemanowicz, within the MNiSW project titled "The best of the best! 2.0" co-financed from the funds of European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development.More information on the UAV Challenge Medical Express 2018 can be found on the competition website (competition website ) and on the High Flyers website ( student association High Flyers )