Last weekend (19th & 20th September 2015) there was a buzz in the air around UClan’s Preston campus as two new drones took to the skies.
DroneHack 2.0 is the second in a series of maker events where the Civic Drone Centre is opened up to members of the public to engage with drone technology.
Formed into teams and tasked with creating a drone with a humanitarian purpose, they had just two days design, build, and fly the next humanitarian drone. Comprehensive kits were provided, including a Raspberry Pi 2, a plethora of sensors, 3D printed legs, motors, propellers, and the robust Game of Drones Hiro airframe. And for the winning team the coveted Golden Drone trophy and entry to HackTrain, an event that uses railway hacks to drive innovation.
— Jamie Whyte (@northernjamie) September 19, 2015
By the end of day one all the teams build and got their drones in the air and well into designing and coding their payloads, as well as honing their piloting skills on the simulator.
The morning of the second day saw many heads down over screens debugging code and fighting with wifi networks before the elevator pitches and demonstration flights of the afternoon.
The winning team of DroneHack 2.0 built, and flew, a drone equipped with a payload for detecting the infrared beacons on lifejackets to aid search and rescue efforts at sea.