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IMechE launches 2016 unmanned aircraft systems student challenge

30 November 2015

Sixteen student teams from around the UK and one Egyptian team will compete to build the best drone in a new challenge launched by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

A multi-rotor UAV. The University of Southampton was overall winner of the 2015 UAS challenge (photo courtesy of the University of Southampton)

The competition, organised by the Institution of Machanical Engineers (IMechE), will see some of the UK’s best young engineers develop their drones before taking on other teams in a ‘fly-off’, where they will be challenged to transport a package as accurately and rapidly as possible.

John Turton, Chairman of the UAS Challenge, said the event has been set up to give students real world engineering experience before they leave university. The competition also offers recruitment opportunities for employers. 

“The Challenge helps students to learn more about practical aerospace engineering skills as well as develop connections with other like-minded students from other universities," he adds. “The competition directly supports the Institution's objectives of inspiring young people about engineering while raising awareness of engineering and increasing the profile of the Institution.”

The universities confirmed to be taking part are:
University of Surrey
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Bath
Loughborough University
University of Glasgow
University of Nottingham
Swansea University
University of Manchester
University of Southampton (four teams)
University of Liverpool (two teams)
University of the West of England
University of Sheffield
Egypt team (Military Technical College, Kafr El-Sheikh University and Tanta University

Now in its second year, the UAS Challenge is the fourth student engineering challenge event run by the Institution, following Formula Student, the Railway Challenge and the Design Challenge.

The event will be taking place at Pershore Airfield near Worcester on the 6 and 7 July 2016. Northrop Grumman, Thales and Siemens have offered support as Gold Sponsors.

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