2017 Student UAS Competition

Alma, QC   April 28th – 30th 2017

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 are faced with real life scenarios involving the environment, agriculture, mining, transportation, and oil & gas sectors.
The competition takes place in two phases:
Phase I – a design report from each team due January 13th 2017; and
Phase II – the operational flying demonstration, April 28th – 30th 2017 in Alma QC, north of Quebec City.
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.  Participating teams are awarded a cash prize.


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.


The use of UAS for wildlife monitoring is becoming commonplace particularly in Canada’s vast remote landscape. This year’s real life scenario will do just that.  Each team is a “company” hired to use their UAS  in support  of wildlife research personnel. They will be asked to locate and census nests of three different types of geese in the remote Canadian wilderness.  In addition, nesting samples are required to test for pesticides in the environment by retrieving eggs from the nests of birds under study. A written report on the findings is also submitted to the judges.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact competition@unmannedsystems.ca 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.


For online registration: Team Payment
Interested teams  are to register on line  with  the  $500 registration fee by  November 9th 2016.   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 28 April 2017.

Competition documents


2017 CONOPS and rules Rev2 9 Dec 16 327.46 KB 243 downloads