In North America, there are two different drone student competitions taking place every year : the Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) competition and the Association For Unmanned Vehicle International (AUVSI) American competition. Every year, the scenarios change in order to change the missions and detection challenges.
UVS Canada :
This year, the competition will be hosted in Alma (Qc) from may 1st to may 3rd. Alma has an airport which is affiliated with the Drone Excellence Center. The USC has issued the following scenario for the competition:
The authorities of a remote Canadian village have contacted your team because there has
been a significant leakage of oil products following a train derailment. Some of the
containers exploded bringing down a few buildings. The authorities need assistance to
evaluate the damage caused to nearby agricultural fields and infrastructure, to assess the
magnitude of the clean-up effort and to record evidence for insurance purposes.
The AUVSI competition will be held at Webster Field, Maryland from june 17th to june 21st. The main focus of this competition is the ability to produce an aircraft that flies autonomously, taking picture and processing them in the meantime. The secondary objectives of the competition can be as diversed as the ability to drop a load to a specific target, avoid other aircrafts and the interception of a Wi-Fi signal.
For these two competitions, the Smart Bird team must conform to many restrictions and requirements for the objectives of the competitions but also to the security of those still on ground while the UAV is in flight. These challenges are the root of the motivation of Smart Bird.