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 Eddie Handford 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 are developing Icarus, 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.
Telemetry & GCS
Dolly Take-off & Landing
Gust Stabliser Deployment
Variable Thrust Propulsion
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.
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.
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.
Icarus is under development. Please stay in touch with us through our social media and we will bring you the most up-to-date information.