2019 – 2020 UAS Student Competition Announced! Get ready to compete in Southport next May

USC-STC sets the scenario for 12th Canada’s National Annual Student Competition

Sept. 5, 2019 – NEWS RELEASE Ottawa, ON

Each year, post-secondary teams from across Canada tackle real-life scenarios as participants in USC-STC’s National UAS Student Competition. 

This year’s challenge enables students to showcase their team’s technical and flying skills by finding solutions for one of the fastest growing applications in the logistics, retail and emergency services / humanitarian sectors….using drones to deliver packages. Find more details below and links to the Concept of Operations   CONOPS V3 – 4 Nov 19 document for this year’s competition in Southport, Manitoba.

Consider if you can ramp up your team to compete this year! Email [email protected] to indicate that you’ve read the CONOPS document and intend to register before the November 8, 2019 deadline. 

This year’s scenario…

There is a medical emergency facing remote communities in Manitoba! University and college teams from across Canada have been called upon to design an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to deliver critical medications and supplies from their depot to communities that are inaccessible by road. 

Students across Canada will have to pull together their team and tech skills to determine: What’s the most appropriate aircraft and payload design to pick up and deliver small packages from inside a building to a remote location? How will your communications systems need to be configured? Many will compete, all will learn…but only one team will triumph! Learn more at the links below. 

There’s three steps to prepare to compete in the 12th USC-STC Student UAS Competition being hosted in Southport, Manitoba from May 1 to May 3, 2020.

Those of you who’ve competed before know the routine, but here’s the scoop for new teams…


  1. Apply: Review this year’s CONOPS for the scenario then email the Student Competition Committee at [email protected] now to express your interest to compete. You’ll get a reply with more info and next steps. 
  2. Register: Team registration with payment will be due November 8, 2019. 
  3. Submit Phase I Design Paper:  Team Design Papers are due January 12, 2020. They are graded on the quality and completeness of their design paper and ability to address the scenario. 
  4. Compete: Phase II is the Competition in Southport, MB on May 1-3, 2020. Teams address three components during the weekend: a ‘Company Pitch’, the flying demonstration to address the scenario and their post-flight written report about the tasks. 

Prizes are awarded for each component and for notable team accomplishments.

For university and college students, this is a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience, make connections and a great stepping stone for those pursuing careers in the Unmanned and Remotely Piloted Aerials Systems field.

Sponsors benefit from national exposure, direct connections to Canada’s rising stars and other innovators in the sector, and recognition in pre-event marketing, on-site signage,  post-event articles and at the Annual National Unmanned Canada Conference and Trade Show.  Sponsorship enables our USC-STC Student Competition Committee and industry association to continue to do #GoodDroneWork to drive innovation in Canada by air, land and sea. 

Interested in delivering a great pitch and some innovative ideas for Canadians? 

Learn more about the growing sector of drone/UAS/robotic vehicle deliveries from the Student Competition Details page.

Learn more about ways that Unmanned Systems Canada / Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) supports students by offering significant discounts for Student Members to join our national industry association, our Student Technical Paper Competitions and Awards, and the Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship by visiting our main USC-STC Student Initiatives Page.