Students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have won the Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Challenge 2019 arranged by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
32 teams and 350 participants belonging to the national and international universities across the globe took part in the competition, including NUST-PNEC’s NUST Air Works Beta and NUST Air Works Alpha. The team that has come victorious in the one-year long exercise is NUST Air Works Beta.
The teams engaged in the phased nine months of design and development process. Following which, they demonstrated their UAS at the featured fly-off event that was held on 16-18 June and marked the culmination of the entire exercise.
According to the announcement by IMechE UAS Challenge, the runner up to the competition is Team Hibernica Liberandum of Queen University Belfast. The third place was taken by Team Flytanic of Queen’s University Belfast.
List of teams that bagged awards at the event include:
- Grand Champions: Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Beta
- Runner up: Hibernica Liberandum, Queen’s University Belfast
- 3rd place: Team Flytanic, Queen’s University Belfast
- Most Promise (sponsored by Leonardo): Team SDU Eagles, University of Southern Denmark
- Design (sponsored by GKN Aerospace): Team Bath Drones, University of Bath
- Innovation (sponsored by Bombardier): Team VOLTA, University of Southampton
- Safety & Airworthiness (sponsored by Frazer-Nash Consultancy): Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Beta
- Business Proposition (sponsored by Welsh Government): Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Alpha
- Scrutineers Award: Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Beta
- Media & Engagement: Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Alpha and Team Beta (joint winners).
UAS Challenge 2019
The UAS Challenge was launched in 2014 to develop professional engineers and inspire the next generation. It has become a popular event, attracting teams from the UK as well as around the world.
The annual challenge starts in October and ends with a final event in June next year. It involves undertaking a full design and building cycle of a UAS with specific mission objectives. It entails the replication of a real-world unmanned aircraft system development program.