We are a group of Carleton University students who develop and operate a UAV to compete in a national engineering competition. Unmanned Systems Canada challenges university teams to complete an autonomous survey mission and process image data for a simulated environmental research group. This year’s competition also has the added challenge of finding a ground target in flight and retrieving it with the UAV.
Blackbird UAV provides its members with the opportunity to exercise practical engineering skills as they work with people from various backgrounds. We find that motivated students thrive in an environment where they are able to work independently with the support of senior members who are experienced in the operation of autonomous flight systems.
Autonomous systems have the potential to provide safer and more reliable engineering technologies. As we transition to a more connected world, there is an opportunity to ensure that Canadian engineering talent is at the forefront of these global technologies. Your donation to Blackbird UAV represents an investment in the success of future engineering leaders – this is where engineering passion takes flight!