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 2021 Teams

  1. The Open University, Team oUFO, UK
  2. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Team Wrise, India
  3. Queen Mary University of London, QMUL AirSpace, UK
  4. Loughborough University, Loughborough UAV, UK
  5. University of the West of England Bristol, Team AlphaDrone, UK
  6. Wrexham Glyndwr University, Y Dreigiau Coch (The Red Dragons), UK
  7. Brunel University London, Brunel UAS, UK
  8. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Team AeroKITies, Russia
  9. Islamic University of Technology, Team ANTS, Bangladesh
  10. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Team Foxtrot, Pakistan
  11. Democritus University of Thrace, Team Democritus Aeronautical Rescue Team ( DART), Greece
  12. Queens University Belfast, Team Hummingbird, UK
  13. National University of Sciences and Technology, Team NUST Airworks, Pakistan
  14. The University of Sheffield, Team Volaticus, UK
  15. University of Manchester, Team Hestia, UK
  16. The University of Sheffield, Project HEX, UK
  17. Heriot Watt University, Team Aero-Watt, UK
  18. University of Surrey, Team Peryton, UK
  19. University of Huddersfield, Team Hawk, UK
  20. University of Aberdeen, Team Null Gravity, UK
  21. University of Twente, DroneTeam Twente, Netherlands
  22. Imperial College London, Team ICAV Project, UK
  23. University of Dundee, Team Haggis Aerospace, UK
  24. University of Moratuwa, Team Mora Avions, Sri Lanka
  25. University of Portsmouth, Team Purple Swans, UK
  26. De Montfort University, Team DMU Flyers, UK
  27. University of Southampton, Team ARCUS, UK
  28. University of Southern Denmark, Team SDU Eagles, Denmark
  29. Swansea University, Team BlueSwan, UK
  30. University College London, Team Nova, 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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Challenge Sponsors and Partners

  • GKN AerospaceGold Sponsor
  • Leonardo UKSilver Sponsor
  • QinetiQSponsor
  • Babcock InternationalBronze Sponsor
  • RaytheonBronze Sponsor
  • MashoomSponsor

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