2018 Student UAS Competition

Southport, MB   May 4 – 6 2018

The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design approach.  In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project.
The students have been faced with real life scenarios involving the environment, agriculture, mining, transportation and oil and gas sectors. Each team is a “company” and makes a pitch as to why the customer should select them to solve the problem. During the flying phase they must locate the scenario components, collect the data and provide analysis in a written report to their “customer”, all within the time limit. The competition is designed and judged by a dedicated group of Unmanned Systems Canada volunteers, and supported by local volunteers and industry sponsors.
The competition takes place in two phases:
Phase I – a design report from each team due January 14th 2018; and
Phase II – the operational flying demonstration, 4 – 6 May 2018 in Southport MB, one hour west of Winnipeg.
Once registered, the team must successfully complete phase l – the design paper, then successfully fly their UAS confirmed in a qualifying video prior to competing in the phase ll. Teams will be graded on the quality and completeness of their design report and the results of the demonstrations – there will be separate prizes for each phase. The format of the competition is designed to be an equal challenge for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.


To be eligible, students must be registered in a full time program at a Canadian university or college. There can be more than one team per school, but each member may only belong to one team.


Competitions have been held in locations in the east, Quebec and Manitoba, with participation expanding from 3 to 16 teams representing universities and colleges from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and BC.  To streamline the logistics and maximize participation from coast to coast, the competition host will alternate between the Centre d’exellence sur les drones (CED) and the City of Alma, Québec in 2017 and Southport, Manitoba in the alternate years.


This is a “made in Canada” Simulated BVLOS UAS Student Competition.
UAS are currently used by law enforcement personnel for a variety of tasks such as traffic accident scene reconstruction, search and rescue, and crime scene and event monitoring.  Additional tasks are possible given the capabilities of today’s UAS; law enforcement is interested in exploring the capabilities of UAS for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) surveillance, delivery of packages to a selected location, and searching for an item.
In this year’s scenario, Law enforcement has been called to the scene of a suspected bike gang operation in a remote farm building.  They believe that the building contains several members, a large supply of drugs and weapons, and is defended.  Officers are reluctant to approach the house, which has no protected avenue of approach, without a good understanding of the threat.  Your UAS company has been called to support the operation.  You will be required to conduct surveillance of the property, to deliver a remote listening device to a location on the property based on results of the surveillance, and to search a large area adjacent to the property for vital pieces of evidence.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact [email protected] to become involved as we support and celebrate the best and brightest of the Canadian UAS sector as they compete in this world class event.


In advance of on line registration and payment, teams area asked to send an email to [email protected] to indicate their intent to register.
Once activated teams can pay the  $500 registration fee by  November 10th 2017.   This does not cover student expenses.  Once the design paper is accepted and the team advances to Phase II,  the $200 fee for each student to cover meals and accommodation can be paid by 13 April 2018.


Competition documents