News & Events-Frazer-Nash supports the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Challenge 2015

Frazer-Nash is sponsoring this year's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Challenge, a competition that tasks teams of undergraduates to undertake the design, build and demonstration of an autonomous UAS, against the requirement of a humanitarian aid supply drop mission.

Since September 2014, the university teams have been developing their UAS - and, at a final 'fly-off' on the 1 and 2 July 2015, will have the opportunity to showcase their engineering expertise. Frazer-Nash is sponsoring the Design Award. Other awards include Most Viable Business Proposition, Safety and Airworthiness, Manufacturing, Most Promise and Overall Grand Champion.

Frazer-Nash has been involved in developing new concepts for future unmanned systems, and is a leader in the safety, certification and regulation of civil and military UAS. The company is pleased to support the UAS Challenge 2015, as Business Manager, Martin Soltau explains:

"As a leading systems and engineering company we know the value of good systems-led design. The winners of the Design Award will have to show that they've applied a systems engineering approach to the design process, the technical element of the design and their underpinning analysis. The judges will be looking for innovation, conformance to the competition rules, and effective organisation of the design team.

"We're thrilled to be able to support an event that helps develop the next generation of aerospace engineers."

Throughout the competition, students will get to demonstrate their technical, engineering design and manufacturing skills, learn key team-working, time management, project management, budgeting and presentation skills - and become better equipped for a long-lasting career in engineering.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge bridges the gap between academia and industry in developing applied UAS-related activities; it helps strengthen links with industry and universities and enhances employment opportunities for graduates in aerospace.

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