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The Major Event SUMMARY

The aim of World Drone Challenge is to create an environment of simultaneous cooperation and competition that invites leading organisations and global experts to push the boundaries of drone technology beyond its current limits.  We are seeking to identify new drone capabilities by exploring the potential applications made possible by increasing weight carrying capacity (Payload) and endurance.  The immediate foreseeable applications include humanitarian aid, search & rescue, and emergency relief supplies to rural and regional communities in a post natural disaster environment. There are numerous additional applications possible in the agricultural, transport and logistics industries that are ready to be discovered, and we hope that the environment of competition and collaboration will enable opportunities to be leveraged in an emergent way.

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BENEFICIARIES

The challenge will be conducted in accordance with existing aviation safety regulatory requirements whilst seeking to promote industry compliance with other regulatory fields to produce safe, economically feasible and useful drone technology.

There are currently no regulations that govern this class of drone capability, and we are actively working with CASA to define the requirements to ensure safe and efficient operations.  In doing so, we have the opportunity to be global thought leaders in this class of drone operations right here in South East Queensland.

World Drone Challenge is set to fly drones from Picnic Point in Toowoomba Queensland to a location near Amberley, finishing at Shelley Road park, Kholo, Brisbane, representing a world first Tri-City Event in 2018.

Emergency Services, Military, Agriculture, Immigration and Border Protection, TOLL (Logistics), Australia Post, Star Track Express, Mining, Utilities and Resources Sectors

HOW

Create a collaborative and competitive environment through working with the government regulator (CASA) to deliver actionable innovation for the drone industry.

The World Drone Challenge represents grown innovation enabling competitors to take the drone industry to the next level.

By creating a new benchmark in new drone technology and regulations, that expands drone capability and, in so doing, identify new applications that offers a humanitarian service and takes people out of harm’s way.

OBJECTIVES

Push beyond the current limitation of drones through an annually run event to realise commercial applications of the technology across multiple industries whilst extending payload and endurance.  The following are additional objectives the challenge is seeking to address in its first year:

  • Delivery of data collected by drones during the event to allow for the real-time monitoring and tracking of competitors including the display of internal drone telemetry (height AGL, engine management and time to empty battery) to an audience;
  • Delivery and display of of real-time data utilising existing networks;
  • Delivery of data collected by drones during sub-events to determine: crop health, location of invasive pest species and overall crop plant density;
  • Increased the overall utility of drones for application to multiple industries, lowering the  economic cost whilst providing a step-change away from current perception of toys;
  • Quick fit technology for payload and/or battery exchange;
  • On-board demonstration of battery technologies other than lithium-ion;
  • Demonstration of payload capacity by carrying heavier loads (Aim: Over 50+kg);
  • Display of navigation, collision avoidance, black box flight recorder and emergency landing technologies to further enhance safety;
  • Showcase of new innovations in drone and unmanned technologies across agriculture, mining, aviation and vehicles through sub-events within The Challenge;
  • Showcase drone safely utilising CASA airport/aerodrome data to comply with regulated exclusion zones;
  • Collaboration of drone businesses and academic institutions to realise new commercial outcomes;
  • Actively encourage girls in the wider drone industry through planned sub-events utilising STEAM initiatives.

Should any of the objectives listed above not be met during the first event, they will then be addressed in the event in the next year.