25 universities battle it out in UAV engineering throwdown


Engineering students from Istanbul Technical University have beaten 20 other teams to be crowned the winners of the UAS Challenge 2018 drone design competition, which is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The runner up was Team Athena from Southampton University and third place was awarded to Team Hawk from Huddersfield University.

The teams competed in a “fly-off” final on 18-19 June at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in North Wales.

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This year, the young engineers were challenged to design, build and operate a drone for a humanitarian aid mission.

Alongside participants from the UK, including last year’s champions Bath University, the competition also featured entrants from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Now in its fourth year, the competition has been growing steadily, with 21 teams taking part in 2018, over double the number in the inaugural event.

“The enthusiasm, innovation, teamwork and focus on safe operation by all participants was truly outstanding,” said John Whalley, CEO of the Aerospace Wales Forum, who presented the awards.

This year’s event featured hybrid drones from Swansea University and Team Horus from Southampton which combined a helicopter’s vertical lift before converting into plane-mode for more efficient flight.

Team Nova from University College London designed a jet engine for their drone, the first time a jet engine had been seen in the competition.

The full list of teams that competed in the event can be found below:

Loughborough University
University College London – Project Bentham Team
University College London – Drone Aid
University of Southampton – Team Athena
University of Southampton – Team Horus
Swansea University – Team Cigno
Coventry University – Team Phoenix
University of Portsmouth
Sheffield Hallam University
University of the West of England
University of Surrey – Team Peryton
University of Dundee – Team Haggis Aerospace
University of Sheffield – Team Project HEX
National University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan – Team NUST AirWorks
DHA Suffa University, Pakistan – Team Zarrar
Queen Mary University of London – Team Hawkes
Kingston University London – Team Project Wunderfly
University of Glasgow
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka – Team Mora Avions
University College London – Nova Team
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey – Team Hedef
University of Cambridge
University of Nottingham
University of Huddersfield – Team Hawk
University of Bath – Team Bath Drones

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