The Blog

Drone

Scenario
This is a “made in Canada” Simulated BVLOS UAS Student Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Small unmanned aerial vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design and rehearsed operational approach. In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project.

UAS are currently used by law enforcement personnel for a variety of tasks such as traffic accident scene reconstruction, search and rescue, and crime scene and event monitoring. Additional tasks are possible given the capabilities of today’s UAS; law enforcement is interested in exploring the capabilities of UAS for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) surveillance, delivery of packages to a selected location, and searching for an item. See 2016’s overview video below.

In this year’s scenario, Law enforcement has been called to the scene of a suspected bike gang operation in a remote farm building. They believe that the building contains several members, a large supply of drugs and weapons, and is defended. Officers are reluctant to approach the house, which has no protected avenue of approach, without a good understanding of the threat. Your UAS company has been called to support the operation. You will be required to conduct surveillance of the property, to deliver a remote listening device to a location on the property based on results of the surveillance, and to search a large area adjacent to the property for vital pieces of evidence.

The competition takes place in two phases with the Phase I design report from each team due on January 14th 2018, and the Phase II operational demonstration taking place May 4-6th 2018 in Southport, Manitoba. Teams will be graded on the quality and completeness of their design reports and the results of their flight demonstrations. There will be separate prizes for each phase.

Purpose of the Competition
The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design and rehearsed operational approach. In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project.

Eligibility
The competitors shall be teams from a recognized Canadian university or college organized internally at the discretion of their respective members.

Application and Registration
Teams should send an email showing their interest to [email protected] and complete the online registration process on unmannedsystems.ca including paying the team registration fee of 500$. Once fully registered, teams will have access to more information. Registration deadline is November 10th 2017.

All relevant competition information will be located on unmannedsystems.ca. Check the competition website regularly for updates. Registered teams have access to more information and documents in a shared folder. All questions should be addressed to: [email protected]

Registration Deadline: 10th November 2017
(Note: Important Competition Information only available after full registration)
Paper Design Submission: January 14th 2018
Flight Demonstration: May 4-6th in Southport, Manitoba.