(SHERBROOKE) After winning the Canadian Championship in May, a student club of the Faculty of Engineering named Miniature Aerial Vehicles from the University of Sherbrooke (VAMUdeS), gets the highest honor in the field.
The team was world champion in Maryland during the last competition Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held from 15 to 19 June.
This event brought together 25 teams from Canada, the US, Israel, India and Germany. Sherbrooke residents have topped the North Carolina University (2nd) and Cornell University (3rd).
In 2012, VAMUdeS had also won this title, notes a press release. Last May, the team won the national championship for the eighth consecutive year.
“Our victory is the culmination of several years of work. In May, we proved that we were the best in Canada, and now, we demonstrate that we are the best in the world, “argues Yann Lemay-Sуvigny, studying computer engineering. VAMUdeS distinguished himself by performing a 30-minute flight without the intervention of a driver, from takeoff to landing.
With an imaging system with high resolution, future Sherbrooke engineers performed a series of tasks with an autonomous system such as aerial photos, collision avoidance, connecting to a wireless network, etc.
“The AUVSI competition brings together the best teams from the 4 corners of the world and this is a great opportunity to exchange with them on future challenges of autonomous aircraft industry,” says Benoшt Tremblay, a mechanical engineering student.