Unmanned Air Vehicles are being used for an ever-increasing range of tasks; goods delivery, information gathering and disaster relief. Members of RUASRT recently held the first Australian Micro Air Vehicles (AMAV) Competition in the basketball courts at RMIT’s Bundoora West campus. AMAV committee lead, Dr Abdulghani Mohamed said:
“It was a resounding success; the initiative provided students with a transformative experience through project-based learning integrated within existing engineering courses as the culmination of design-build-fly projects”.
Eleven teams navigated their multi-rotor machines through obstacles including payload delivery in the GPS-denied environment. All teams completed the majority of tasks and top-placed teams displayed some excellent autonomy, including reading QR codes on the obstacles, whilst being buffeted by wind gusts.
Competing student Rohan Gigacz enthused:
“The AMAV competition along with the UAS course allowed us to translate what we have learnt in the class room into a challenging real life application. The competition day was a great way to end the semester and I look forward to future AMAV competitions which look to be bigger and better!”
A big thanks to everyone who helped, especially: Dr Jennifer Palmer and DST Group for sponsorship.
Based on the success of the AMAV event, RMIT has been selected to host the IMAV 2018 competition in 2018, where competitors from all over the world compete and present their research, helping RMIT build capability, expertise, and international collaboration in this emerging field.