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UAV Challenge – High School

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

UAV challenge 2018


Co-organised by the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group CSIRO Data 61 and ACRV QUT, the goal of the 2018 UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the utility of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) for civilian applications, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future.

This is done by harnessing the ingenuity and passion of aero modellers, university students and high-school students around the world to develop novel and cost-effective solutions.

UAV Challenge – High School

Who can take part?

The 2018 Airborne Delivery Challenge is open to high-school age students from around the world.

UAV Challenge Airborne Delivery

Outback Joe has made an emergency mobile phone call to advise that he is is suffering an allergic reaction and needs urgent medical assistance.  Teams are invited to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver an Epipen (an Impact Monitor is used in the competition) as close as possible to Outback Joe so that he can treat his anaphylaxis immediately while medical aid travels to reach him. The UAV Controller (the team’s pilot) will remotely control the aircraft.

The aircraft must be manoeuvred such that it will pass directly overhead the two hurdles that are laid out on the course. The dropping of the medical package can be triggered either Remotely by the team’s Mission Manager or Autonomously by systems on board the aircraft. The Mission Manager will NOT be able to see Outback Joe or the aircraft during the flying element of the competition.


Entrants will be required to submit a technical report which outlines their design, methodology for package deployment and operational and safety procedures. An oral presentation of the technical report information is also required and will be judged along with the other deliverables.


Points are awarded based on the mission performance including the accuracy of the drop, the time taken to make the drop, levels of autonomy, technical documentation, and the team performance in an oral presentation.


  • First Place AUD$5,000
  • Second Place AUD$2,000
  • Third Place AUD$1,000
  • First Placed Rookie Team: AUD$2,000

Key Dates

  • Team Registration – 15th August 2018 (teams are encouraged to register before this date)
  • Technical Report and Video – 15th August 2018
  • “Go” “No-Go” Announcement of Teams – 22nd August 2018
  • UAV Challenge event – 24-25th September 2018
  • Adverse weather day – 26th September 2018


September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am
September 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Dalby Model Aero Club
743 Cecil Plains Road,
Dalby, Queensland Australia
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