12 May 2015
Canadian UAV Student Competition: 7th Win for the Université de Sherbrooke
The student club Véhicule aérien miniature de l’Université de Sherbrooke (VAMUdeS – the Université de Sherbrooke’s Miniature Aerial Vehicle Organization) once again emerged as top winner of the 2015 Unmanned Systems Canada UAV Student Competition, which took place in Alma in early May 2015. This was the seventh win for the Sherbrooke team in as many editions.
The mission for the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the 13 Canadian university teams participating was to face the challenges regularly encountered by the oil and gas, agriculture, and mining industries: to fly over a disaster area, assess the damage and the magnitude of the cleanup efforts required, and lastly record evidence for insurance purposes.
VAMUdeS made its mark in two components of the competition – the Design Phase and the Operational Phase – not without resolving a series of technical problems.
A second Université de Sherbrooke project, Keep It Simple Stupid de l’Université de Sherbrooke (KISS-US), also did well in the Operational Phase. The delegation led by veteran Julien Huot finished in third position, and also garnered the prize for innovation.
KISS-US is a low-tech UAV composed of a purchased autopilot system and a cell phone taking photographs, which are transferred live.
Sources : Université de Sherbrooke and Journal Le Lac St-Jean
Photo credit : VAMUdeS
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