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UAV Challenge – Medical Express

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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 – Medical Express

The  2018 Mission Task

Outback Joe is at his property in remote Queensland, Australia and has been feeling unwell. He has had a remote consultation with his doctor using video conferencing, and his doctor has requested some blood tests be done as soon as possible. Joe is well prepared, has a home sample taking kit, and has taken his blood sample. The challenge is now to get the blood sample to the lab. Joe’s property is very remote and to make matters worse, it has been cut off by floodwaters.

Teams are invited to attempt to retrieve a blood sample from the remote Outback Joe and return it to base where medical staff will be waiting to analyse it. Teams are encouraged to develop systems that can carry out the mission in a fully autonomous manner using Type 2 Autonomy.


Entrants are required to submit a short technical report (known as Deliverable 1) that describes the proposed system design and safety considerations. Later a more detailed technical report is required (Deliverable 2) that outlines a team’s design approach, methodology for remote landing, and operational and safety procedures along with a flight demonstration video was submitted.  Finally an Autonomous Flight Record that documented a minimum of five hours of autonomous flight has to be provided along with a Safety Case document (Deliverable 3). The top-twenty teams that pass the Deliverable 3 checkpoint will be invited to the competition.


Points will be awarded based on the mission performance including the accuracy of the remote landing, technical documentation, and the team’s answers to questions from the judges prior to the mission.

The Prize

The team to achieve the highest points total and have also completed the mission, and after the competition is complete, will be declared the winner and will receive AUD$ 25,000.

If the winning team has completed the mission using Type 2 Autonomy then they will receive a bonus of AUD$25,000.

If the winning team also completes the mission containing Dynamic No Fly Zones they will receive an additional bonus of AUD$25,000.

The maximum prize for the winning team is therefore AUD$75,000.

The team achieving the highest points total, whether or not they have completed the mission, will be awarded the Rod Walker Trophy, presented in memory of Professor Rod Walker, co-founder of the UAV Challenge.

Key Dates

  • Team Registration and Deliverable 1 – 30th August 2017
  • Deliverable 2: Flight Readiness Review – 11th April 2018
  • Deliverable 3: Autonomous Flight Record – 8th August 2018
  • Final “Go/No-Go” and qualification announcements – 15th August 2018
  • Team Insurance Deadline – 5th September 2018
  • UAV Challenge event – 24th to 28th September 2018


September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am
September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Dalby Model Aero Club
743 Cecil Plains Road,
Dalby, Queensland Australia
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Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group CSIRO Data61 & ACRV QUT