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UAS Challenge


About UAS Challenge     

We lead the way in promoting value and cohesion within the industry, providing unique opportunities to universities, their teams, the individual participants and of course for our partnering organisations.

Launched in 2014 with the key objectives of developing professional engineers and inspiring the next generation, the Challenge is now a highly anticipated event attracting teams from across the UK and around the world. Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in October, ending with a final event in June the following year.

Teams of undergraduates from all over the world take part in the Challenge. They undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS with a maximum take off mass of 10kg to undertake specific mission objectives. The system will be required to operate automatically, performing a series of tasks such as area search, navigating waypoints, accurately dropping the Aid Package and returning to base via a defined route. The competition is split into design, development and demonstration stages and culminates with the flying demonstration and business case presentations which contribute to final scoring.

UAS Challenge 2023 Teams

Team ID

University Name

Team Name


5 De Montfort University DMU Merlin UK
6 Loughborough UAV Loughborough UAV UK
7 University of Aveiro Automec UAV UK
8 University of Twente DroneTeam Twente Netherlands
9 University of Leicester LUNA UK
10 University of Sheffield Project Falcon UK
11 University of the West of England UWE Aerosoc UK
12 Ahsanullah University of Science And Technology Team Albatross Bangladesh
13 Heriot-Watt University Team Aero-Watt UK
14 university of Huddersfield Team Hawk UK
15 University of Surrey Team Peryton Albatross UK
16 Manipal Institute of Technology Project DronAid India
17 University of Surrey Team Peryton Dodo UK
18 University of Manchester Halcyon UK
19 Brunel University BRUAS UK
21 Istanbul Technical University ATA Team Turkey
22 University College London Team Nova UK
23 Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) HORUS UPV Spain
24 University of Portsmouth UP UK
25 Imperial College London ICAV Project UK
26 King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals UAS2030 Saudi Arabia
27 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay UMIC India
31 University of Western Macedonia ASPiRE UOWM Greece
32 Queens University Belfast SLIM UK
33 University of Southampton Soton-Air UK
34 University of Wolverhampton UoW Aeronautics UK
36 Coventry University Phoenix UK

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The Challenge

  • Design and build a UAS with specific mission objectives, with high priority focus on safety and technical competence throughout the competition
  • Year-long project with phased stages requiring strict adherence and assessment in order to qualify to compete in the fly-off in the UK
  • Overseen by a steering group of aerospace engineering and flight safety experts

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