We signed up our team for the 2016 challenge and submitted our Deliverable 1 document along with 63 other teams (it was around 116 last time).
The race to D2, D3 and Australia in September, 2016 is on! Exciting times!
If you haven’t already done so make sure you “like” our Facebook page to show your support and closely follow our progress over the next year.
Before we begin with the next adventure, we’d like to conclude the last one. It took a while, but it’s finally done:
We put together a debrief that describes our intense time in Australia before and during the competition, and explains all the components we used in our system. You can read it here: Debrief OBC 2014 Team Swiss Fang
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/
Swiss Fang received the Go decision!
From the OBC committee:
The Go decisions have been made for the 2014 UAV Challenge Search and Rescue competition. We are please to announce that 20 teams have been given a Go decision and have been invited to Kingaroy. The teams are:
Open UAS (Netherlands)
NCSU Aerial Robotics Club (USA)
Team Condor (Australia)
Monash UAS (Australia)
Perth UAV (Australia)
IRSA Group (Iran)
Compass UAV (Australia)
Swiss Fang (Switzerland)
TinBox UAV 2 (Australia)
Rescue Robotics (Australia)
Team Aetournos (France)
MUROC Wild Hogs (Australia)
Canberra UAV (Australia)
Team Thunder (Australia)