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Team Bath Drones is a group of final year undergraduate engineers at the University of Bath working to create the ultimate autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and were the overall grand champions of the IMechE UAS Challenge 2017. Led by Alex Powell and supervised by Dr Pejman Iravani, Dr Jon du Bois and Dr David Cleaver, the team has interdisciplinary expertise in aeronautical, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Building on the success of previous teams, we developed Artemis, an atonomous flying wing aircraft which offers long range, precise payload delivery capability thanks to its aerodynamically efficient design incorporating intellegent sensing and control systems. This winning design also earned the team additional awards for Design (sponsered by GKN) and Innovation (sponsered by Qinetic) in 2017.

Team Bath Drones

The Team

Systems Engineering

Alex Powell

Project Manager
Trajectory Planning

Rob Thomas

Systems Manager
Image Recognition

Daniel Hanvey

Equipment Procurement
Take-off and Landing

Freddie Sherratt

Systems Integrator
Telemetry & GCS

Aerospace Engineering

Chris Grylls

Business Manager
Fuselage Structures

Magda Nyadu

Airframe Manager
Wing Structures

Matt Parry

CAD Manager


Production Manager
Thrust Vectoring

Pete Bruce

Lead Architect
Stability & Control

Natalie Hale

Flight Operations & Safety
Stability & Control

Hemant Chudasama


Jonathan Cole

IMechE Liasion
Ducted Fan Feasibility

Our Supervisors

Dr. Pejman Iravani

Dr. David Cleaver

Dr. Jon du Bois

Our Story

The journey so far...

  • 2015


    The first Team Bath Drones aircraft was Stingray, an autonomous blended wing body aircraft with a V-tail. With a top speed of 60kts, Stingray was able to quickly and accurately deliver humanitarian aid to autonomously identified targets over a range of 10 nautical miles.

  • 2016

    Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker was a flying wing aircraft which was competed in the IMechE UAS Challenge in 2016. Designed with simplicity and aerodynamic efficiency in mind, Sky Seeker was able to autonomously identify targets and deliver its payload accurately over great distances.

  • 2017


    Artemis is the latest Team Bath Drones aircraft. The design features steerable landing gear, multifunctional drag rudder/airbrakes and a modular propulsion system. Its aerodynamic efficiency, intelligent control systems and lightweight structure allow it to deliver its 2kg payload fully autonomously with incredible ease and speed, making it the winning aircraft at the IMechE UAS Challenge 2017.

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Stingray - 2015

Sky Seeker - 2016

Artemis - 2017

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Team Bath Drones
University of Bath, Claverton Down Bath, BA2 7AY