[robotics-worldwide] International UAV competition $50, 000 main prize

Jonathan.Roberts at csiro.au Jonathan.Roberts at csiro.au
Sun Mar 16 22:28:36 PDT 2008

UAV Challenge - Outback Rescue 2008

The UAV Challenge - Outback Rescue will take place in the regional Queensland town of Kingaroy from 23 – 25 September 2008. It is the only event of its kind in Australia and has proved a flying success with school students, university students and professional enthusiasts alike.

When: 23 – 25 September 2008

Where: Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia

Who: High school students, university students and professional enthusiasts (national and international)

Challenge: Outback rescue mission – find and assist ‘Outback Joe’, a lost bush walker in Australia’s vast outback using UAVs

 - High school airborne delivery challenge: Deliver an ‘emergency’ package to someone lost in the Outback. Each team is given 30 minutes to deliver a 50 gram, 43mm sphere (a golf ball) on to a one-metre wide target zone

 - Open search and rescue challenge: Find ‘Outback Joe’ and deliver emergency supplies within an hour.

   Open category winner - $50,000
   High school category winner - $10,000 
   Preparation process documentation winner - $10,000 

The UAV Challenge is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government, Boeing Australia Limited and the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA, a partnership between QUT and CSIRO) - a prime example of government, industry and research and innovation working together.

The event was conceived to promote the development of Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (UAV) technologies and their use for civil applications. These civil applications can include crop management, traffic control, wildlife surveillance, stock monitoring, and environmental monitoring. The UAV Challenge focuses solely on the search and rescue capabilities of UAVs, with entrants tasked to locate and assist someone ‘lost’ in the Australian outback.

For more information on the 2008 UAV Challenge Outback Rescue, visit http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au

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