Students from 13 universities across the U.K. will compete in a fly-off to determine the winner of this year's Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) challenge competition, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corp.
Undergraduate teams of engineers participating in the UAS Universities Challenge are required to design and build a UAS and demonstrate its operation in the fly-off – a humanitarian supply mission scenario – where they will transport a package as accurately and rapidly as possible.
The system must operate autonomously and perform a series of tasks, such as navigating waypoints, dropping a payload and returning to base via a defined route. Teams are also tested on the commercial viability of their solutions.
The fly-off takes place July 1-2 at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome and Proving Ground near Leicester.
‘By sponsoring and mentoring university students in UAS technology projects such as this, we hope to help them learn practical engineering skills for industry and inspire them to become the country's future engineers, scientists and technicians,” comments Andrew Tyler, Northrop Grumman’s chief executive for Europe.