The organizers of the UAV Challenge recently announced their next competition: the Medical Express. It’s not about dropping water bottles anymore, instead the UAV has to pick up a blood sample from Joe at a remote location (Joe’s outback residence) and bring it back home. The landing spots will be obstructed, there will be no glide slope for landing/takeoff. Flight distance from home to Joe’s location is between 20km and 30km. The Medical Express therefore introduces quite some interesting challenges: on-board landing spot detection, remote vertical takeoff and landing, flight corridors for traversal, possible loss of LOS.
We’re very keen on participating again, and we’re already preparing the range finders for ground distance detection ;). Stay tuned!
For more information on the Medical Express Challenge, visit http://uavchallenge.org/medical-express/