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Felsted Prep School Completes Round One of the 2024 Quadcopter Challenge

Felsted Prep School Completes Round One of the 2024 Quadcopter Challenge

by Martin White

The Felsted Robotics Year 8 team has successfully completed Round One of the 2024 Quadcopter Challenge, a competition that will allow them to design a quadcopter capable of navigating disaster zones. The team's primary focus was on navigating and reacting to extreme locations while gathering vital data via LiDAR.

The quadcopter design itself emphasises surveying and data collection for search and rescue operations in enclosed spaces. It includes a microphone and speaker for communication, a monitor connected to the camera via Bluetooth, and a robust data transmission system. The materials chosen are selected for their durability and ability to withstand harsh environments. Balancing the weight distribution of the camera, microphone, and battery pack was essential. Additionally, the team needed to ensure the quadcopter can manoeuvre in small, wet spaces typically found in caves.

The practical aspects of the design have also been considered, such as operating temperatures (6-9 degrees Celsius), weather conditions (moisture, extreme dryness, and smoke), and space constraints. The quadcopter will carry a camera and microphone and will be identifiable by reflective highlights. AI programming will be used to prevent the craft from flying into walls, ensuring it operates efficiently and conserves energy. This efficiency is vital for prolonged operation and power utilisation for all equipment.

The quadcopter aims to be safer and more efficient than current methods for exploring extreme locations, minimising the need for human presence in dangerous environments. It will be powered by battery packs, charged via USB-C, and designed with an aerodynamic shell for improved speed and power. At the end of its life, components like fibreglass and HDPE can be recycled, promoting environmental sustainability.


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