There is a power struggle shaping up in Quebec’s Lac Saint-Jean region. It is between student teams who will be vying to fix damaged solar panels using their custom designed UAS as part of the Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition.

Teams from 16 Canadian universities and colleges will be participating, including first time competitors from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia – Okanagan, University of Manitoba, and a new team from Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Once again Centre d’Excellence sur les Drone – CED Alma, Quebec will open its doors to host the competition from May 3-5, 2019, the 11th annual event.

Solar power is the fastest growing source of new energy. Given that solar farms can range in size from 1 to 100 acres, UAVs are now being deployed to provide imagery of damaged solar panels, a more accurate method than inspectors using handheld cameras. The mission for the competition is to provide support to a utility company after a wind storm. Tasks include surveying a solar farm, locating major damage to individual panels, identifying significant changes to the solar field, and placing inspection markers adjacent to critical cells on damaged panels.

This is a “made in Canada” simulated Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) scenario. Although the UAV will be required to go BVLOS, the competition spotters will have the drone in sight at all times.

The scenario is designed to attract both fixed and rotary wing UAS. Will one platform have an advantage? Will there be a unique solution? Each year the bar is raised to attract first class teams with innovative ideas. The judging starts with each team making a company “pitch” featuring their system, individual talent, and approach to solving the problem. Then the flying phase; competitive in the sky but collaborative in the hangar. Veteran teams are on hand to help rookies pick up the pieces. The last task is a written report on the findings submitted to the judges upon the completion of the flights.

The competition is designed and judged by a dedicated group of Unmanned Systems Canada experts along with industry sponsors, and is supported by local volunteers. Through various activities with students, the association is helping to foster greater success in the future of Canadian UAS industry.

Thanks to the support and on – site enthusiasm from sponsors, this world class event provides opportunities for the best and brightest to display leadership, problem solving and team work all in a stressful competitive environment; a real-life job interview.

Fostering success in unmanned vehicle systems Promouvoir les systèmes de véhicules télécommandés Results have paid off as a many UAS competitors have been hired by a sponsoring company.

Sponsors are wowed at the talent in action and are proud to have their logo in direct line of sight. When tested on the international stage, our Canadian teams not only take home various awards, but consistently place at or near the top.

Source: Press Release

UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2018/11/27/student-uas-competition-attracts-16-teams-from-across-canada/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert, Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.