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Team Zarrar from DHA Suffa University Participates in IMechE UAS Challenge 2017 in UK

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a prestigious international engineering society, organizes an annual Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) competition in the United Kingdom. The competition involves designing autonomous intelligent aircraft system, which is not a simple remote-controlled model airplane but a complete flying robot.

Team Zarrar from DHA Suffa University (DSU) became the first team to qualify from South Asia in the world's premier unmanned aerial systems competition. The students, led by Dr. Bilal Siddiqui, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, designed, fabricated, flew and automated “Badar”, a state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The aircraft was equipped with a programmable autopilot, on-board camera and computer-based ground target recognition. Based on stellar performances of the team at all major aerospace engineering competitions of Pakistan, the team was sponsored by Pakistan Military Academy, Hub Power Company and IMechE with more than 1 million PKR.

During the competition that consisted of 20 teams from various international universities, Team Zarrar received recognition as the first team from Asia to fly a fixed wing aircraft autonomously, without human intervention. Despite an unfortunate crash due to strong crosswinds in the first attempt, the team was able to repair Badar, the largest aircraft in the competition and the only aircraft with a mechanical engine, overnight and surprised judges with the result.

Team Zarrar hopes to perform even better next year having now earned the necessary experience and knowledge of the format.

A video of the autonomous flight at Snodonia Aerospace Center, UK on June 19, 2017 can be viewed at ‘https://www.facebook.com/UASChallengeIMechE/videos/450874881949537’.

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