West Coast UAV is pleased to have completed the Deliverable 2 Technical Report and submitted this to the competition organisers.

This report details the UAV systems that will be used to complete the mission and our risk management approach.

The team has put in a lot of work to get to this stage. Our key achievements have been:

  • Developing and testing a multi-point comms network to allow over-the-horizon communications to our retrieval aircrraft,
  • Implementing a system to reverse the thrust of our retrieval aircraft so that it can achieve a very steep glide-slope and land within a tight space,
  • Tested multiple configurations of aircraft such that the retrieval aircraft can take-off in a short distance, whilst maintaining high-airspeeds and efficient cruise.

You can read our full report WestCoastUAV Deliverable 2.

Additionally the team has prepared a video which outlines our pre-flight safety checks and the autonomous take-off and landing of our retrieval aircraft.