Accelerating emergency aid drones

Pushing the boundaries of innovative drones at the iMechE UAS Challenge


The annual UAS Challenge in England is a high-profile event where students design and build an autonomous drone that can perform a rescue mission. Tasks include area search, independent navigation, Aid Package delivery, and more. More than thirty student teams from all over the world take part in this challenge.

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2023 iMechE UAS Challenge – July 2023

DroneTeam Twente has taken part in this challenge over the last four years, and is focused on developing unique drone designs for long-range aid delivery. For 2023, we will compete with a new design that aims to improve on range, payload and reliability! Subscribe to our newsletter for more information.

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Pushing the boundaries of innovative drones at the iMechE UAS Challenge

Previous results

2022 UAS Challenge

With our drone Thunderbird, DroneTeam Twente competed in the 2022 UAS Challenge. The drone has a unique box-wing design to increase efficiency, and show us what the future of drones might look like. This won us the Media & Engagement Award!🏆 That means we engaged most effectively with (social) media, schools and local students as part of the STEM Outreach Programme.


Media & Engagement: 1st

2022 UAS Challenge

2021 UAS Challenge

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers hosts the UAS Challenge to encourage the further innovation in this field of technology. DroneTeam Twente worked during the year on an award-winning design. We competed with Phoenix at the hybrid part of the iMechE UAS Challenge, and won the ‘Most Promising Team’ award.


Most Promising Team: 1st

2021 UAS Challenge

2020 UAS Challenge

Our drone ‘VAU2’ competed at the online UAS Challenge in 2020. In total 38 teams from 10 countries competed. With our innovative design, containing highlights such as a tilt-rotor mechanism, a 3D-printed modular frame and combined vertical stabilizers and landing gear, we won our very first prize as a team: the Innovation Award!


Innovation Award: 1st

Media Award: 3rd

Business proposition: 7th

Design Award: 8th out of 38 participants

2020 UAS Challenge

2019 UAS Challenge

Our first UAS Challenger, Toothless competed in 2019, but unfortunately could not take part in the fly-off and finished 19th. It still got third in the ‘Design’ category.


Design Award: 3rd

Media award: 6th

Business proposition: 10th

Grand Champion: 19th out of 32 participants

2019 UAS Challenge

2018 DroneClash

We participated in DroneClash 2018, an event to increase drone safety, and achieved a semi-final finish.


Semi-finals

2018 DroneClash