Student UAS competition: Phase 1 winners announced

Unmanned Systems Canada conducts a student unmanned aerial system (UAS) competition, open to teams from colleges and universities across Canada. The competition is conducted in two phases. Phase 1 requires completion of a Design Paper specifying how the student team will comply with the requirements of the scenario, this year involving the remote inspection of a solar farm and identification of damaged panels. In Phase 2, the teams have to actually fly the mission, this year to be done in Alma, Que., during the first week of May.

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Sixteen teams presented Design Papers in January, which detail the proposed UAS design, selection of options, task methodologies, risk assessment and testing, and project management aspects. A team of seven judges representing a cross section of the UAS sector was impressed by the quality of the reports, the inclusion of new technologies into the systems, and the way the solutions were presented.

The judging is complete! Congratulations to the University of Sherbrooke VAMUdeS team for the highest score on their Design Paper, followed closely by the École de technologie supérieure DronoLab team and Aero McGill.

Phase 2, the flying portion of the competition, will take place in Alma from May 3 to 5, 2019. Prizes for both phases will be presented at the competition awards banquet on the closing evening. Special thanks to Centre d’Excellence sur les Drone – CED in Alma as our host, and all our sponsors to date. Sponsorship participation is critical to the success of this world class competition.

Sponsors are invited to contact us today at competition@unmannedsystems.ca to become involved, showcase your company and meet future employees. Join us to support and celebrate the best and brightest of the Canadian UAS sector.

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Best of luck during Phase 2!

2019 UAS Competition Teams

British Columbia Institute of Technology – BCIT MERC
Carleton University – Blackbird
Concordia University – UAV Concordia
École Polytechique – Élikos
École de technologie Supérieur- ETS – Dronolab
McGill University – Aero McGill Drones
Queens University – Queens Aero Design Team
Ryerson University – RUAV
Simon Fraser University – Team Guardian
University of British Columbia – UBC UAS
University of British Columbia – Okanagan – UBC AERO
University of Manitoba – Snowy Owl
Université de Sherbrooke – VAMUdeS
University of Toronto – Aerial Robotics Division
University of Toronto – UAV Division
University of Victoria – UVic Aero

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