The team received a ‘Go’ decision from the competition organisers for our final Deliverable 3 report, and is going to to compete in the Medical Express challenge at Dalby, Queensland during the last week of September.

As per the trend of the previous Outback Challenges, many of the teams that initially enter do not pass all of the deliverables and do not make it to the challenge. Of the 64 teams that entered, only 8 teams have been confirmed to compete in the challenge.

With 5 weeks to go, the team is happy to have completed the development of the major technical systems: the multi-point communications network, imaging system, and VSTOL retrieval aircraft.

We are now focusing on getting as much full mission testing to find and iron out all the bugs. We have a very complex system with multiple points of failure.

Part of the testing includes software-in-the-loop (SITL) simulations, where we can run through the full mission process flow using simulation aircraft.

Flying over Dalby, QLD from the comfort of Ben’s dining room in Perth.
Our simulated aircraft locating and rescuing Joe

It’s taken a big effort for the past 18 months to get to this point. This would not be possible without the support our family, friends and sponsors: Scientific Aerospace, LightWare Optoelectronics and FPV Power.