Students Amr Nagaty (left) and Carl Thibault (right) represent UNB's COBRA team at 2013 UAV national competition. Photo credit: Yvon ThibaultTasked with developing a UAV to support forest fire fighting, UNB’s Collaboration Based Robotics and Automations (COBRA) team won the design phase and placed third in the operational phase of the 5th Annual Unmanned Systems Canada UAV Student Competition.

Held recently in Alma, Quebec, 10 university student teams from across Canada competed in the event which was hosted by Ville d’Alma at the Centre d’Excellence Sur Les Drones (UAS CE).

Each team was tasked with automatically locating targets that would represent points of interest in an actual forest fire fighting scenario in the remote Canadian wilderness, using their own experimental unmanned aircraft flying under the control of autopilots.

UNB’s COBRA team is led by students Amr Nagaty and Carl Thibault. Who are both passionate about aerial robotics. With extensive experience with fixed wing and rotary wing platforms the team’s work has been displayed locally and nationally including a spot on Daily Planet.

Overall $12,000 in cash prizes were awarded. The complete list of winners is below:

Phase 1: Design Phase
1st Place – Team COBRA, University of New Brunswick
2nd Place – UTA Team, University of Toronto
3rd Place – Team VAM, Université de Sherbrooke

Phase 2: Operational Phase
1st Place – Team VAM, Université de Sherbrooke
2nd Place – UTA Team, University of Toronto
3rd Place – Team COBRA, University of New Brunswick

For more information contact cobraUNB@gmail.com.

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