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FARNBOROUGH: Airbus reveals cargo UAV challenge winners

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On the third day of Farnborough air show, Airbus Defence & Space chief-executive Dirk Hoke oversaw a ceremony awarding prizes amounting to over $100,000 to the winners of its “Cargo Drone Challenge”.

The competition was conducted in conjunction with ground vehicle manufacturer Local Motors, and assessed the unmanned air vehicles en-tered on mission performance, weight and balance, and preliminary flight performance.

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The winners were named as Alexey Medvedev, Harvest Zhang, Dominik Felix Finger, Finn Yonkers, and Frederic Le Sciellour.

The two companies now plan on building a demonstrator version of the winning design, and will openly collaborate with potential customers and end-users.

Another element of the challenge will see further work on commercial UAV services and applications carried out, and a “hack-a-thon” will be carried out in September that will see interested parties carry out problem-solving over a 24-48h period.