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The UAS Challenge (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge) is our leading annual student competition in the aerospace sector.
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 in its fifth year. Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in October, ending with a final event in June the following year.
Our best wishes to the 2019 Teams!
- Wrexham Glyndwr University - Team B-G-F-E
- University of Dundee - Haggis Aerospace
- University of Huddersfield - Sparrow Hawk
- University of Huddersfield - Harrier Hawk
- University College London - Team Newton
- University of Southern Denmark - Team SDU Eagles
- University of Southampton - Team Volta
- University of Southampton - Team Eagle
- University of Southampton - Team Colibri
- University of Sheffield - Project HEX
- University of Bath - Team Bath Drones
- Sheffield Hallam University - Team Hallam
- Cambridge University - Team CUUASS
- Loughborough University - Osiris
- Cranfield University - Team Blackbird
- Warwick University - Warwick Drone
- Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan - Team Foxtrot
- University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka - Moira Avions
- Imperial College London - Project ICAV
- Queen’s University Belfast, team FLYTANIC
- University of Sheffield - Team Volaticus
- Brunel University - Team Brunel
- University of Twente, Netherlands - Team A3T
- National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan - Team NUST Air Works Beta
- National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan - Team NUST Air Works Alpha
- University of Hertfordshire - UH Valkyrie
- Coventry University - Team Phoenix
- DHA Suffa University, Pakistan - Team DSU Bur'raq
- University of Surrey - Team Peryton
- University College London - Team Nova
- Concordia University, Canada – AHS Stingers
- Queen’s University Belfast - Hibernica Liberandum
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 specific mission objectives. The Challenge bridges the gap between academia and industry in developing applied UAS-related activities, providing the perfect opportunity to strengthen links with industry, other universities and enhance employment opportunities for graduates in the aerospace sector. See competition rules.
Given the experience we have from the Institution’s globally successful Formula Student competition, our direct links and relevance to both students and industry are assured.
“I have now been involved with the IMechE's UAS Challenge for over four years and been Chief Scrutineer for all four events. This has been both interesting and enjoyable, running a small team of dedicated and capable engineers, from a broad spectrum of the aviation world, civil and military. UAS Challenge takes a lot effort to pull together with the IMechE staff, but it is great to see the teamwork, application and technical understanding of the students in designing and building their air systems.
Their enthusiasm and commitment is infectious, as they endeavour to get the aircraft to fly effectively and it is very rewarding to see them complete the mission, having overcome a number of technical difficulties and practical operating issues. I think they all get a buzz out of completing the Challenge as part of their academic studies and learn a lot about regulation, project management, trials and evaluation and operational requirements on the way.”
Rod Williams, Principal Consultant, Frazer-Nash and Chief Scrutineer, UAS Challenge