UAV Challenge 2011 - Delivery Challenge
Aviation enthusiasts from five high schools competed to drop life saving supplies (a 55 gram muesli bar) to a tourist stranded in the outback (a mannequin dubbed Outback Joe) using semi-autonomous aircraft they have built themselves. Joe sits between two tall hurdles over which the aircraft must be piloted. But the pilots can't see the plane, they must rely on information (including video) relayed from the plane. The package is dropped either by an autonomous system (and teams get extra points for doing this) or by another human, who is not allowed to communicate with the pilot -- they too must rely on signals from the plane. All Images by Michael Wilson, Boeing.