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2017 Student UAV Competition

Ryerson’s UAV team participated in the 9th Annual Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition in Alma, QC from April 28th to April 30th.

Phase 1 of the competition consists of a design report, while Phase 2 is the operational flying demonstration conducted in Quebec. For more details on the competition scenario, visit here.

A total of 16 teams from across Canada participated in Phase 1 of the competition. We were very pleased to received an Honourable Mention for the first phase of the competition.

However,  only 13 teams were present in Alma for their flying demonstrations. Out of 13 teams, Ryerson UAV placed 2nd. This was a huge accomplishment for our team, being only the second time participating in the Phase 2 portion of the competition! We are extremely excited to expand our horizons further and see where our team can go to next!

See our fleet from the 2017 competition.

Photos from the competition HERE!

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Just Announced!

It’s that time of year again… The UAS Student Competition scenario is out! That means getting some new recruits and doing some major brainstorming for this year’s UAVs!

2017 Scenario:

“The use of UAS for wildlife monitoring is becoming commonplace particularly in Canada’s vast remote landscape. This year’s real life scenario will do just that.  Each team is a “company” hired to use their UAS  in support  of wildlife research personnel. They will be asked to locate and census nests of three different types of geese in the remote Canadian wilderness.  In addition, nesting samples are required to test for pesticides in the environment by retrieving eggs from the nests of birds under study. A written report on the findings is also submitted to the judges.”

For more details head to the Unmanned Systems Canada website.

Keep following our team as we proceed through this school year..

Goodbye Summer. Hello School.

This summer absolutely flew by!

Frosh has arrived and that means EngExpo! We had a great turn out at our booth this year, lots of curious minds that we can’t wait to get to know throughout the year. However, we haven’t just been working on recruitment this summer.. We have made some advancements to our ground control station!

First of all, we’ve made a portable ground control station that has FPV footage built-in. Having FPV footage allows for easier probe delivery during competition, and also gives the pilot a better idea of the plane’s location (most of the time we fly our UAVs at high altitudes and a significant distance away).

Additionally, we have also built an antenna tracker that can track the UAVs during their flights. The antenna tracker is an amazing addition to our ground control station. This device actually follows an airplane in flight to keep a directional antenna locked on target. This allows you to greatly increase your range without having to ever aim your antenna.

More updates to follow!

2016 Student UAV Competition

Ryerson’s UAV team participated in the 8th Annual Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition in Southport, MB from April 29th to May 1st.

Phase 1 of the competition consists of a design report, while Phase 2 is the operational flying demonstration conducted in Manitoba. For more details on the competition scenario, visit here.

A total of 18 teams from across Canada participated in Phase 1 of the competition. However,  only 15 teams were represented in Southport for their flying demonstrations. Out of 15 teams, Ryerson UAV placed 9th. Since this was our first competition for the team we were very pleased with our placing and can not wait until we return next year.

See our fleet from the 2016 competition.

Photos from the competition HERE!