Four of our members recently represented Team GUARDIAN at the 2016 Drone Fair hosted at BCIT, winning the University Challenge! This was the first time an event like this has been hosted in Western Canada. We competed against teams from University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and another team from Simon Fraser University. Check out a video of the competition here.
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.
With the time constraint, the third challenge did not take place. However, our team was able to successfully build two quadcopters and compete in the remaining two challenges. Our excellent performance in these two challenges landed us in first place for the competition! As the team continues to develop our UAV, we hope Team GUARDIAN can have similar success in our upcoming Unmanned Systems Canada competition!