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May 5, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Cal Poly Students’ “SkyBarge” Wins Drone Competition #drone #droneday

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A group of Cal Poly students built a drone made out of aluminum, PVC piping, steel and foam, which recently won a regional American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The team calls their drone SkyBarge. via The Tribune:

The challenge was to design a craft that could simulate a UAV firefighting operation.

The Cal Poly students’ craft negotiated an obstacle course by flying through hoops and dropping a sandbag on target before returning to its starting point within the allotted five minutes. It completed the mission in about 90 seconds.

The team beat out 14 other universities at the competition in the Bonderson Engineering building, where about 100 spectators gathered to watch.

Read more.


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