16 teams of engineering students will compete in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge

Student-built drones to compete in IMechE challenge

Sixteen teams of aspiring engineers from 15 UK and one Egyptian university will compete in building drones capable of transporting small packages. 

The competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is already in its second year and aspires to offer students a more practical experience of aerospace engineering.

“The event has been set up to give students a real-world engineering experience before they leave university,” said John Turton, Chairman of the UAS Challenge.

“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.

In this year’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge, teams from the universities of Surrey, Sheffield Hallam, Bath, Loughborough, Glasgow, Nottingham, Swansea, Manchester, West of England, Sheffield, Southampton and Liverpool will showcase their skills, together with an Egyptian team from Egypt’s Military Technical College, Kafr El-Sheikh University and Tanta University.

The University of Southampton will be represented by four teams, while Liverpool will have two teams in the running.

According to Turton, the competition will also give employers the opportunity to see the budding talent and the students the chance to be recruited by some of the country’s leading aerospace companies.

The teams will compete in a ‘fly-off’ that will take place at Pershore Airfield near Worcester on the 6 and 7 July 2016. The competitors task during the event will be to use their drones to transport a package as accurately and rapidly as possible.

Northrop Grumman, Thales and Siemens are the main sponsors of the event.

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