WestCoastUAV is a Perth-based team developing and operating a UAV for the 2018 UAV Challenge.



Autonomous Imaging to Find Joe

A key challenge for the 2018 challenge is detecting a landing site without any human intervention. We are given his approximate location with plus or minus 100m accuracy and have to accurately locate an A2 sized target to better then... Continue Reading →

Can We Dock in Mid Air?

A small quad-copter does not have the speed or range to complete the entire 2018 mission and a large fixed wing aircraft cannot land at the remote landing site. One concept is to carry a small quad-copter on a larger... Continue Reading →

Kicking off the 2018 Challenge

The 2018 Challenge rules are out and West Coast UAV is eagerly exploring strategies to successfully achieve the mission outlined: Outback Joe is at his property in remote Queensland, Australia and has been feeling unwell. He has had a remote... Continue Reading →

2016 Outback Challenge

​The UAV Outback Challenge medical express mission was set in 2014 to send a drone out to a stranded farmer, retrieve a blood sample for urgent analysis and return back to base. 80 international teams initially registered for the competition... Continue Reading →

The Big Event

After one and a half years of hard work for the team, the Medical Express Challenge has finally started. It was great to see all the teams that have returned and plenty of new faces around. The event was kicked off... Continue Reading →

Laser Landings with LightWare Lidar

The addition of a lidar range-finder has improved out landings by allowing accurate ground detection and triggering of the flare very close to the ground in a controlled manner.

5 weeks to go!

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... Continue Reading →

Finding Joe

Our imaging system is responsible for finding Joe’s location to within 10 metre accuracy. This must be done quickly and with potentially limited bandwidth. We know Joe is within 100m of his reported location, and he will be wearing his... Continue Reading →

West Coast UAV receives ‘GO’ for D2

West Coast UAV is very happy to receive a 'Go' decision for our Deliverable 2 technical report, allowing us to progress to the next stage of the competition. The team initially received an 'Improve and Resubmit' decision. This was because... Continue Reading →

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