Dickson College’s young drone developers keep ’em flying

L-R Dickson college students Stephen Horsburgh, Briana Wade and Saxon Hutchinson with a scale model of the drone that they built for a competition.Dickson college students, from left, Stephen Horsburgh, Briana Wade and Saxon Hutchinson with a scale model of the drone that they built for a competition. Photo: Melissa Adams

The use of drones is a controversial topic. So for Dickson College, a sponsorship from Northrop Grumman Corporation, a supplier of drones to the US Defence Department, raised some questions.

For four years, the college has been developing a drone – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – and competing in the annual national Outback UAV Challenge.

It is an ongoing project that incorporates students from the college’s robotics class as well as IT, mathematics and physics, and develops students’ problem-solving skills with real-world applications.

Competing requires resources for kit planes, equipment and travel, which the school is now getting from Northrop Grumman Australia in a partnership both have been thrilled with, despite early hesitations.

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