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Team NUST Air Works Beta, a team from Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC), NUST, Karachi has won the IMechE UAS Challenge 2019 held in Wales, UK, and has been declared the Grand Champions of the Challenge.

Team NUST Air Works has been participating and shining in national and international competitions by IMechE since 2016. The team participated in the IMechE UAS Challenge this year in 2 categories – Team NUST Air Works Alpha in fixed wing and Team NUST Air Works Beta in rotary wing category.
In addition to Team NUST Air Works Beta bagging the grand champion title, the two teams won the following awards:
  1. Safety & Airworthiness (sponsored by Frazer-Nash Consultancy): Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Beta for developing the best combination of well-articulated safety case, with evidence that safety and airworthiness have been considered throughout the design and development stages. 
  2. Business Proposition (sponsored by Welsh Government): Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Alpha. For the most prominent business and marketing case presented to a panel of sponsors during the flight demonstration event, reflecting a good understanding of the market and good alignment of UAS capabilities and cost projections with the target market.
  3. Scrutineers Award: Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Beta-For the best presented UAS that is fully compliant with the competition rules.
  4. Media & Engagement: Pakistan NUST Air Works Team Alpha and Team Beta (joint winners)
For the team that engages most successfully with local media, schools and social media to promote participation and engagement with the Challenge.

The UAS Challenge is a competition run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for university teams. Launched in 2014, it is now a highly anticipated event attracting teams of undergraduates from across the UK and around the world. Student teams undertake a full design-and-build cycle of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with specific mission objectives. Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in October, ending with a final event in June the following year. UAS Challenge 2019 took place from 16-18 June 2019 at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre at Llanbedr Airfield, Northwest Wales, UK. A total of 32 teams from UK, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Netherlands, Canada, Pakistan and other countries participated in this year’s Challenge. 

The NUST Family is delighted that our teams from NUST PNEC not only won several awards at the competition but were the only teams from South Asia to participate in the Challenge this year. Team NUST Air Works Beta has done us immensely proud by winning the championship.

June 19, 2019

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