Quadrotor Competition Challenges Future Engineers

QuadrotorFeb. 17, 2014, Blue Bell, Pa.— High school and college engineering-oriented students interested in designing, creating and maneuvering unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as a Quadrotors, are invited to compete in Montgomery County Community College’s new 2014 Quadrotor Challenge.

The College’s Engineering Department will be hosting this first-time competition on Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m., at its Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Team registrations are now being accepted by contacting Engineering Associate Professor William Brownlowe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Using open-source technologies, each engineering team will be expected to design and build its own Quadrotor drone that will be able to execute maneuvers beyond the team’s line of sight. Teams will be charged with the task of observing and documenting suspicious activities occurring within a large open field on campus using the drone’s real-time video. The challenge includes 5, 10 and 15-minute flight time challenge categories, depending upon the battery power of the quadrotor drone. Specific requirements for the challenge and scoring can be found at the event website quadrotorchallenge.org and will be provided in the registration packet.

All competing team members will receive an event t-shirt, up to a maximum of five members. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $10 each. Awards will be presented for the first, second, and third place teams. The registration fee for the event is $100 per team, which will be applied to the cost of event t-shirts, event awards, and food. Team registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. on April 26. Teams will have one hour to get set up between 9 and 10 a.m., at which time preflight inspections and test flight evaluations will begin.

MCCC’s Quadrotor Research Team is available for consultation on Quadrotor specifications, part and equipment acquisition, build guidance, and setup. All of the information that leads to a successful Quadrotor build and setup are available open-source from MCCC’s team website quadforge.net.

-- by Diane VanDyke

PHOTO: MCCC's Quadrotor in flight on campus. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

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