Competitions

2016 USCSC

Unmanned Systems Canada

Team Guardian achieved a second place finish at the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada Competition! The objectives of this competition were to locate crop fields and identify the type of field by reading a QR code, determine the health by detecting an infrared (IR) beacon, calculate the area and location of each field, and drop test probes onto marked fields to simulate testing soil conditions. A report must be generated of all the findings from the flight including a map containing images taken during the flights, representing real world requirements from customers.

2016 Drone Fair

Drone Fair LogoTeam Guardian won first place in the 2016 Drone Fair, the first event of its kind in Western Canada! Teams from UBC, BCIT and another SFU team competed as well as independent teams. Challenges were based around designing, building, and flying different quadcopters to accomplish various tasks. The first task was to use a quadcopter to pick up objects sitting on a pedestal and to be able to hold them in the air. The second task was to use fly a quadcopter through a hoop as many times as possible while fans on the ground tried to push it away. The third task was to fly through a small obstacle course.

2015 USCSC

Unmanned Systems Canada

Team Guardian participated in the 2015 Unmanned Systems Canada competition which was held in Alma, Quebec. This year’s scenario is based on a train wreck that resulted in an oil spill near agriculture fields and infrastructure. Our team is required to survey the area to locate and identify damaged objects, train containers, and debris piles. Our competition flight went extremely well, flying fully in auto mode with the exception of takeoff and landing. 

2014 USCSC

Unmanned Systems Canada2014’s Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) competition was held in Southport, Manitoba. The goals for the 2014 competition were threefold: identify and map the portion of crops that have been damaged by pollution; locate and calculate the volume of a rockslide; and identify any suspicious people or vehicles in the area. Due to high winds, we were not able to fly on two of the days, leaving only one day to demonstrate our system to the judges. Team Guardian impressed the judges by our cost-efficient UAV and preparedness at the competition. Unfortunately we did not place, but we came away with a lot learned from this experience and new goals and visions set for the team direction in the next year.

2013 AUVSI

AUVSI

We participated in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Competition for the first time this year. The competition was held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, Maryland. With 29 teams registered, the AUVSI competition was significantly bigger than the USC competition. We were allowed a 40 minute time slot to perform our flight demonstration and were able to get up in the air and do some autonomous flight, following waypoints in the search area. We placed 18th overall and found that the competition was an incredible learning experience.

2013 USCSC

Unmanned Systems CanadaThe 2012 Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) competition was held in Southport Manitoba. This was our second time entering the competition, and our main improvement over the past year was a better vision system. For the USC competition, we had two chances at performing a flight demonstration. Due to the weather, all teams went twice on the same day. In our first attempt we had issues with the autopilot and had to re-adjust the trim, but we managed to identify one target. Our plane had a fully autonomous flight on our second attempt, and we identified another target. There were five teams competing in 2012, and we received 2nd overall, a definite improvement from the previous year.

2012 AUVSI

AUVSI

We participated in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Competition for the first time this year. The competition was held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, Maryland. With 29 teams registered, the AUVSI competition was significantly bigger than the USC competition. We were allowed a 40 minute time slot to perform our flight demonstration and were able to get up in the air and do some autonomous flight, following waypoints in the search area. We placed 18th overall and found that the competition was an incredible learning experience.

2012 USCSC

Unmanned Systems CanadaThe 2012 Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) competition was held in Southport Manitoba. This was our second time entering the competition, and our main improvement over the past year was a better vision system. For the USC competition, we had two chances at performing a flight demonstration. Due to the weather, all teams went twice on the same day. In our first attempt we had issues with the autopilot and had to re-adjust the trim, but we managed to identify one target. Our plane had a fully autonomous flight on our second attempt, and we identified another target. There were five teams competing in 2012, and we received 2nd overall, a definite improvement from the previous year.

2011 USCSC

Unmanned Systems Canada

The first competition that Team Guardian attended was the 2011 Unmanned Systems Canada competition in Valcartier Quebec. The goal for the competition was to have a stable autopilot system. On our second flight demonstration, our plane autonomously flew a distance of 1.7km away from the ground station. The flight was one of the two best autonomous flights, unfortunately our target identification and location was not as good as some teams. We received honourable mention for our smooth autonomous flight.